by Bea Mandel and Byron Mandel, 98 pp, $4.95, Foster City, Calif, Center for Health Information, 1985.
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In the midst of almost daily media attention to the consequences of the rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in this country, Playing Safe provides nonthreatening, nonjudgmental information for the general public. The book's five chapters are in a question-and-answer format. It also includes a glossary of terms and a resource list.
The focus of Playing Safe is on prevention rather than disease process. It gives the sexually active person some basic information about how to stay healthy. The message here is that the responsibility as well as the ability to take steps to care for one's health and a partner's health lie with the individual.
It is evident that the authors, Bea Mandel and Byron Mandel, the founder and the director of the National VD Hotline, respectively, know the questions people ask. As the result of an effort not to be a reference manual of sexually transmitted diseases, the answers to some questions about symptoms and transmission are somewhat confusing and are not specific enough. However, the readers are clearly encouraged to seek medical attention if they have specific questions or concerns.
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