ASHA Book Review: The Secrets of the ANZACS

The Secrets of the ANZACS

The Secrets of the ANZACS: The Untold Story of Venereal Disease in the Australian Army, 1914-1919 by Raden Dunbar

Published October 2014 and distributed by Penguin Books New Zealand. RRP $37.00

Review by Dame Margaret Sparrow, a doctor, reproductive rights advocate and author.

During World War 1 about 60,000 soldiers or 13-15% of troops in the Australian Army were treated for venereal disease (VD), mainly gonorrhoea, less commonly syphilis and fewer still for chancroid. In this pre-antibiotic era treatments were often prolonged and unsatisfactory and soldiers also had to cope with the stigma surrounding VD. The book is in three parts.

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ASHA Book Review: Sexual Health – A Multidisciplinary Approach

Sexual Health A Multidisciplinary ApproachEdited by A/Prof. Meredith Temple-Smith

Review by Dr Lynnette Wray MBBS (Hons1) MM (VenSci), FAChSHM, President Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

This new book is a sequel to and an expansion of the original book Sexual Health: An Australian Perspective which was first published in 2005 and gave us for the first time in Australia, a book which covered the broader concepts of sexual health, by focusing on a bio-psychosocial approach, rather than a disease and diagnosis focused text.

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