Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Unlike what the article you post suggests, I've actually heard reports suggesting that doctors have become less willing to accept ED claims from their patients, and hence less likely to prescribe said drugs.

I think this is in part due to perceptions (sometimes true) that Viagra and such have become staples of the gay circuit/drug crowd, and are linked with increased prevalence of unsafe sex among that group.

Also it is probably in part due to increasing pressure on doctors from the insurers who have no desire to pay for what amounts to (in their opinion) a recreational drug.

Frankly I have mixed opinions about Viagra and the like - though admittedly there are people who legitimately have ED issues, having prescription coverage subsidize it is somewhat unfair to others, since it is an expensive drug and since (I would guess) at least half of those getting prescriptions really do not have any significant ED issues.

I would prefer if it were easier to get prescriptions, but harder to get the insurance company to subsidize. That way the economics of the situation would control usage and availability, rather than the insurance companies.

Regarding advertising issues - I think the decision a decade or so ago to allow direct marketing of drugs to customers is in part responsible for the huge surge in medical costs over the same period, as doctors prescribe new, expensive drugs that patients have been gulled into requesting over older, cheaper, generic brand drugs that often do the same job better than the new drugs.


Note: For those of you who may not know, part of the reason Viagra is so popular among the circuit/drug set is that several of the most popular drugs often cause temporary ED, but heightened sex drive. Hence the need for Viagra.

Charlie (Colorado)

I'm so impressed that you managed to avoid any of the obvious puns.


You mean like, "sales have gone limp . . . "

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