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May 23/30, 2001

ReproductionThe Elusive Embryo: How Women and Men Approach New Reproductive Technologies

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Gay Becker, 320 pp, $45 ISBN 0-520-22430-2, paper, $17.95, ISBN 0-520-22431-0, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;285(20):2650-2651. doi:10.1001/jama.285.20.2650-JBK0523-4-1

Drawing on a large, qualitative, longitudinal study of infertility in the United States, cultural anthropologist Gay Becker provides a compelling account of the experience of infertile couples. The book is based on multiple interviews with more than 160 primarily white, middle class, heterosexual couples who were recruited from medical practices, adoption counseling services, infertility support groups, and word of mouth. Participant couples were interviewed three times: first, as a couple; then separately, 6 to 12 months later; and again as a couple, 12 to 24 months later.

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