Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs

by Ina Park | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 9781250206626 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/15/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, January 15, 2022
I got this hardcover at Toadstool Books in Nashua. It's a "biography of things" of STDs!

Later: the book's an interesting mix of history, science, and medicine, with touches of humor as well. (Not quite at the level of Mary Roach's humorous-science books, but there are some very amusing bits here and there - not least when the author describes getting drafted as the volunteer for a cervix-examination for some new med students, and is bemused at the up-close view of a portion of her own anatomy that she'd never seen before. Oh, and the bit where her sons (ages 8 and 3) are squabbling over possession of the giant-microbe plushies that she gave them - "Mom!!! Zane has syphilis, and he won't give it to me!" "Dat's mine! You hab herpes!" "I don't want herpes, I want syphilis!!" "Well, you're mean! You need to share wid me!" {snerk!} BTW - I love those giant-microbe plushies...)

The book covers a variety of STIs, historical and modern, folding in some of the more successful health initiatives - and some of the draconian measures that forced sufferers underground to avoid stigma. The book covers such things as the role of pubic hair in STIs - and how recent fashions in removing most or all of one's pubic hair might have unfortunate side effects re certain kinds of illnesses. [In contrast, the author wonders whether the crab louse might become endangered due to the loss of so much habitat, and in some practices it seems that crabs are a vanishing ailment.] She did steel herself to undergo a Brazilian wax just to see what the fuss was about; I've never had any interest in such a thing myself but I did appreciate her sharing her experiences!

There are case histories, studies, examinations of the lifestyles of HPV and syphilis and AIDS - and a look at the roles of ancient and modern medicine in attempting to treat STIs.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, February 4, 2023

Released 1 mo ago (2/4/2023 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm adding this to the Biographies of Things bookbox. (The bookbox journal includes my selections and replacements.) Hope someone enjoys it!

Journal Entry 3 by winghaahaahaa98wing at Biographies of Things, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 7, 2023

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