This manual has the merits of brevity and simplicity and will be a better choice than Johnson (see below) for anyone who wants to obtain the facts necessary for self-protection without reading a full-length book. In addition to a description of symptoms Gordon lists some do's and don'ts for those undergoing treatment which a doctor might neglect to mention (avoid alcohol as it can interfere with the effectiveness of drugs, avoid masturbation, etc.) and includes illustrated instructions for the use of condone. Inessential information on prevalent ""myths"" about VD and the diseases' histories are relegated to later chapters where they can be skipped over, and though Gordon's recommendation that condoms always be used (even by women on the Pill) seems somewhat impractical, his attitude is generally commonsensical (Doctors are not supposed to embarrass VD patients, but if you meet one from the ""old school,"" ""humor him. . . don't let anything stand in the way of your treatment""). A list of phone numbers for clinics in major U.S. cities, and a summary of basic facts in Spanish is included.