May 18, 1963

The time has come; a Catholic doctor's proposals to end the battle over birth control.

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By John Rock. 204 p. $3.95. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 501 Madison Ave, New York 22, 1963

JAMA. 1963;184(7):603. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700200125034

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John Rock is a distinguished gynecologist and a devout Roman Catholic. His scientific interests, which include the development of a widely discussed contraceptive pill, have centered in the field of human reproduction. His conscience, if we interpret the preface correctly, leads him to believe that the time has come for a Catholic physician to explore the religious, ethical, and medical problems involved in controlling the rapid increase in the world's population. He accomplishes his purpose with much dignity and not a little wit. His relaxed, yet remarkably clear style, his shrewd utilization of semantics to develop his arguments, and the incisive way he makes his points suggest the maneuvers of a skilled chess player. The book is not written primarily for physicians, but is, rather, a popular work and anyone, regardless of his faith or occupation, who is concerned about the rapid increase in population growth or who is interested

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