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More Trashy Nurse Books

Time for another shameful glimpse into the vanished world of tawdry nurse novels. In this installment, we move from the stereotypical hospital courtship romances toward the seamier world of male fantasy.  Thanks to Curt Purcell’s fabulous Flickr set for these examples.


Not exactly a sensitive portrayal of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.  And who knew PTSS could produce glowing yellow eyes!


Join the sexual revolution and get it on with these nurses who can both share and treat STDs!


TWO daring novels in ONE book.  Breaking all the rules here!  Including the rule that fantasy nurses are required to wear nurse caps regardless of their state of undress.


Got it right this time!  The cap stays on!

Naughty, Naughty Roentgen Rays


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I’m full of daze,
Shock and amaze;
For nowadays
I hear they’ll gaze
Thro’ cloak and gown — and even stays,
These naughty, naughty Roentgen Rays.

This little ditty from 1896 sums up the prurient interest that Wilhelm Roentgen’s invention of X-ray technology immediately… err… “aroused.”

By the 1930s the X-ray was still exotic enough to be exploited by the pulps as a tool employed by the mad scientist in his tireless experimentation upon voluptuous semi-clad female subjects. (images via



The fascination lingered through the 1950s and into the 1960s as evidenced by this classic Gil Elvegren pinup “Inside Story/Overexposure” and the success of “Sea-Monkey” creator, Nazi, and mail-order huckster Harold Von Braunhut‘s naughty-minded “X-ray Specs.”



Today, of course, these salacious fantasies have been all-too graphically realized in the work of Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, whose radiographic images of various acts sex acts have been posted to death since they first appeared on the in 2001. We prefer the more evocative X-ray pinup calendar that appeared in 2010 as a promotional item for medical imaging company Eizo, and has of late been satirically recast as “The Miss TSA Calendar.”


Lesbian Nurses: Which is Right for You?

It’s Nurse Paperback Friday again and time for your opinions on the ever-titlating subgenre of lesbian nurses.

Only scratching the surface here, folks….


1) The Gay Nurses.  Proof that the cap is always the last to come off.


2) Nurses’ Quarters by Sylvia Erskine.  OK, maybe the lesbianism is only  hinted at on the cover of this  “realistic story,” but we can take a hint.


3) Nurses’ Quarters by Lee Morell.   Is this the same book after the author asked for a name change?    This one is advertised as “daring” rather than “realistic.”  More importantly, it uses the word “depraved” on the cover.

les-lesbiansinwhite14) Lesbians in White.  Again with the “crisp uniforms” contrast!  We think the author is doing a little more than “whispering about” it though.