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May 6, 1961

Routine Contraception

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10605 Chester Ave. Cleveland 6.

JAMA. 1961;176(5):467. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040180069028

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, Feb. 25, page 730, Kautsky decries suppression of ovulation as a contraceptive measure. Although I do agree with him that more research is needed, I disagree with his statement that it is "loaded with danger of producing malformed children..." Can anyone compare the after-effects of sterility produced by pituitary cachexia secondary to starvation, inanition, fear, and concentration camps with pituitary suppression which is the result of balanced steroid therapy? Today's patients are not deficient in diet or in estrogenic or progestational activity. Their thyroids and adrenals are within normal limits. Moreover they are much happier, more complacent, and completely free of fear, requiring neither stimulation nor suppression of the reticular system.In addition, one should not claim that a drug which may (and occasionally does) produce toxic results on the recent conceptus is a bad drug when used properly for the suppression of ovulation

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