In contrast to Gordon's ABC approach (see above) the author of Love and Sex in Plain Language answers nearly every...

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V.D.: Venereal Disease and What You Should Do About It

In contrast to Gordon's ABC approach (see above) the author of Love and Sex in Plain Language answers nearly every conceivable question about VD, and the answers are not invariably reassuring. (Yes, it's possible that one could catch VD from a toilet seat or other non-sexual contact.) Johnson visits a Philadelphia clinic with a photographer in tow so that his readers will know exactly what diagnosis and treatment entails, augments detailed descriptions of the course of syphilis and gonorrhea with rundowns on various non-venereal conditions (yeast infections, urethritis, etc.) which are often confused with VD, directs readers to the Operation Venus telephone information service, and gives statistics on the diseases' distribution and effects. A few criticisms are in order. First, Johnson recommends douching which many doctors consider inadvisable. More important, the objective, unashamed attitude he advocates is undercut by the way in which he frames his own suggestions for avoiding VD: ""try your best to do what you do. . . in a way that is respectful, considerate, and truly caring of others, then you will avoid situations where you may become infected. . . ."" This sort of counsel may be counterproductive in the context of a medical discussion, but Johnson offers so much hard-to-find information that teenagers will forgive him an expression of fatherly, concern.

Pub Date: Sept. 17, 1973

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Publisher: Lippincott

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973