I went out book hunting to cheer myself up after turning down the office space last week, and this is what I found. Somehow, in some strange demented way, it is just what I needed. I laughed for a good long time at this book. I was also happy to learn that my copy is inscribed by the author and hard to find in the dustjacket in any edition.
Wondering if I found a first edition of a cornerstone of American literature?
Brought to you by a guardian of public health, Harry A. Wilmer, M.D., the author of Corky the Killer: A Story of Syphilis (yes, really), it’s Huber the Tuber: A Story of Tuberculosis.
It’s a story book first published in 1942 (my copy is the fourth printing, 1949). It was published by the National Tuberculosis Association in New York to explain to the public what tuberculosis is, how it spreads, and how it can be treated. Check out these endpapers that look like a map of human lungs.
More interesting than the story of tuberculosis is the way in which this story is told. The list of charcters includes tuberculosis germs modeled after the bad guys of the day: Hitler (Nasty Von Sputum), Tojo (Tojotuber), Goering (Gorring), and Goebbles (Gobbles).
Feel free to email me at chris AT bookhuntersholiday DOT com if you are interested in more information about this unusual public health book. Keep your eyes open for the sequel, The Lives and Loves of Huber the Tuber (seriously).