A detail from an undated lamína about glands, published in Mexico City.
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Losing Uncle Tim by MaryKate Jordan, with illustrations by Judith Friedman. Published by Albert Whitman & Company, Niles, Illinois, 1989. I would imagine that this book is one of the earliest titles written to help children cope with losing a loved one to AIDS. It is particularly important for explaining that you can’t catch AIDS just by being around or hugging someone that has it.
It has been a while since I’ve indulged my love of illustrations in medical publications. If you’ve been missing this kind of post, here’s one from the booklet A Doctor Discusses Care of the Back, illustrated by John La Porta, Budlong Press Company, Chicago, IL, 1975. More from this booklet to come.
Illustrations by Siostry Felicjanki from an English lesson book for Polish speakers, published by Felician Sisters, Chicago, Illinois, 1952 (second printing). More posts from this book to follow.