[Sexually-Transmitted Diseases] Record Book. Philadelphia Street Guide and Useful Medical Receipts. Facts for Men. Do Not Throw It Away.
“Twentieth Century Devil”—C.1920 Men’s guide to sexually transmitted diseases
Rare and unrecorded men’s guide to sexually transmitted diseases and diseases of the genitals and reproductive system by Philadelphia physician and surgeon, Dr. Sheridan P. Manship. Under the cloak and guise of a directory to Philadelphia’s streets and neighborhoods, Dr. Manship here advertises his medical consultancy in an effort to “banish silence” about venereal disease:
I know men and understand their troubles. I have listened to the confessions of Weak and Diseased Men as they came to me through tears of penitence and remorse. I have heard the cries of the helpless victim as he laid bare the secrets of his past ... I have seen them restored to Manhood...
Sexually transmitted diseases discussed include gonorrhea, gleet, bubo, venereal warts, and syphilis—the “Twentieth Century Devil.” Other diseases or medical conditions include varicocele, spermatorrhoea, prostatic catarrh, and protatitis. Circumcision and “Youthful Folly” (masturbation) are also addressed.
A brief biography of Dr. Manship within notes that he “...was engaged in the Nationwide crusade against Venereal Diseases during the late war [WWI].” Born in Delaware, Dr. Manship graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1890 and for a time was in the drug business.¹ He was Vaccine Physician to the City of Wilmington, Delaware and Police Surgeon and Visiting Physician, Columbia Hospital, in Philadelphia.
Clever and discreet advertising; instead of a brown paper wrapper, a street guide.
Description: [Sexually-Transmitted Diseases] Record Book. Philadelphia Street Guide and Useful Medical Receipts. Facts for Men. Do Not Throw It Away.
[Likely Philadelphia, c.1920]. 48pp. Pamphlet. 5 x 2¾ inches. Printed, stiffpaper wrappers; stapled. Half tone portrait. Minor staining; otherwise, very good.
Note. 1. Biographical and Genealogical History of the State of Delaware…Vol. I (Chambersburg, Pa., 1899), pp755–756.