by Barbara Seaman and Gideon Seaman, 502 pp, $12.95, New York, Rawson Associates (630 Third Ave, New York 10017), 1977.
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Barbara Seaman previously wrote a book entitled The Doctor's Case Against the Pill, which was almost single-handedly responsible for calling the attention of Senator Nelson and his committee on drugs, as well as that of the public, to the dangers of hormone contraceptives for women, as well as to the indifference and perhaps denial of the medical profession generally. Now, in this book coauthored by her husband, a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist, the subject is extended to a comprehensive examination of the entire contraceptive field.
Written with a biting and sardonic humor at times, it is a remarkable piece of investigative reporting, comprehensive enough to serve as a reliable reference work. It considers alternatives to hormonal contraception, including the diaphragm, cervical cap, intrauterine device, foam, current rhythm methods, sterilization, abortion, the condom, vasectomy, and a pill for men. It considers menopause and the use of hormones in relation to it.
Shainess N. Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones. JAMA. 1978;239(20):2179. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280470091039