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Hospital Fears

The Hospital Scares Me
Hogan and Hogan
1980

In 1980, this would have been a decent choice for a picture book collection. Our protagonist, Dan, falls off the monkey bars and breaks an ankle. It is bad enough to require surgery and a hospital stay. The purpose is to explain to kids what happens in the hospital from check-in, x-rays, surgery, etc. We even have characters in the book who aren’t white! Dan gets around on crutches and heals up nicely. Cue the music.

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Medical Mystery People

The Hospital Doctors, Nurses and Mystery Workers
London
1976

Submitter: [This book] has a great title, but sadly lacks the content to back it up. I found this book on the careers shelf at a small urban public library. With the word Mystery Workers in the title, I was intrigued. I thought perhaps they were introducing the reader to some type of spiritual or holistic medical careers. Nope. Mystery Workers just refers the people behind the scenes. Like the chefs, x-ray technicians, and billing. You can see from the date and the photos that this book is old! Not so helpful to someone who is actively thinking of a career in the healthcare industry. Still on shelf after 38 years.

Holly: This looks like a cool book, back in its day. I like the title for exactly the reason it got your attention. It’s definitely a weeder now, though!