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May 13, 1998

The Pill—25 Years Ago and Today

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(18):1443-1444. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-18-jac80006

To the Editor.—Ms Seaman's book had a significant role in bringing much needed consumer advocacy to the medical care system. Dr Levinson1 seems to have missed this important point. For the first time in history, millions of young, healthy women were taking a powerful prescription drug without information about adverse effects, risks, and contraindications. Physicians generally seemed comfortable with the situation and many fought to keep things that way. But The Doctors' Case Against the Pill clarified the issue of informed consent for many young women of that era. It helped launch the women's health movement and led to the inclusion of patient packet information in all hormone drugs.2,3

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