Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified

Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified

Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified
Kaplan-Mayer
2003

Submitter: I pulled this book because of its age. I have included a picture that discusses different insulin pumps, most of which don’t exist anymore. One of the companies has exited the insulin pump business. There are several new companies and insulin pumps with new technologies that are covered in new books. If I were looking for information about medical devices, and all I could find is an old book, I’d be upset. Chronic illnesses are stressful enough, please make sure that you have up to date books.

expectant motherhood book

Doctor knows best!

Expectant Motherhood
Eastman and Russell
1970

Obviously this is a slam dunk as far as weeding goes. Not only is it outdated but the condescending advice is ridiculous. There is an admonition against taking advice from your bridge club and only talk to the doctor. My particular favorite piece of advice is to be kind to the men who are training as doctors.

diet handbook

A Diet for Women

Everywoman’s Diet Handbook
Tiffany
1980

You know it’s for the ladies because the cover is pink. The diet advice is old and probably not recommended by any reasonable nutritionist. Aside from questionable nutritional value, they are probably the most boring menus around. I get the feeling that the next level of dieting for these authors is to simply sniff the food and call it a meal.

Children with Mental Retardation cover

Children with Mental Retardation

Children with Mental Retardation: A Parents’ Guide
Smith, Ed.
1993

Submitted by a public library in Illinois, this one is pretty obvious. It uses old terminology, for starters. Wikipedia has a good article that explains the history of terminology for what we now refer to as intellectual disability. It also explains something I’ve never heard of: the “euphemism treadmill.” Basically, no matter what terminology is acceptable now, it will be considered an insult later. In other words, library books on special needs have to be kept up to date so that they reflect the current terminology at the very least.

There are also advances in therapies, treatments, and learning strategies that need to be kept up to date, plus the further definition of conditions that fall under intellectual disability. Here’s a good explanation from the American Psychiatric Association of what intellectual disability is. It’s not clear to me in the limited pages submitted (images below) what conditions this book covers. Downs Syndrome? Autism? How about what the APA calls “co-occurring conditions” like ADHD, anxiety, and cerebral palsy?

-Holly