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November 15, 1930

Seventy Birth Control Clinics. A Survey and Analysis Including the General Effects of Control on Size and Quality of Population.

JAMA. 1930;95(20):1529. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720200065043

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The physician will be amply repaid, whatever attitude he takes on the subject of birth control, if he will carefully consider the contents of Mrs. Robinson's book. Written by a student of economics and not a biased reformer, the book presents facts rather than extravagant speculation. The fact that the manuscript is the first of a series of publications on the medical aspects of human fertility, issued by the National Committee on Maternal Health, is an added recommendation. In the foreword, Dickinson says: "Every new endeavor to better public health passes through a difficult early stage.... Control of conception presents no exception." Mrs. Robinson says: "We are coming to realize that voluntary limitation of the family is an essential part of the economic structure of nearly every age and clime, and that we must choose between measures... in particular the old forms of limitation by abortion and infanticide, by celibacy

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