December 1970

Hormonal Contraception.

Author Affiliations

San Antonio, Tex


By Jurgen Haller, MD. Price, $12. Pp 288, with many tables and figures. Geron-X, Inc, Box 1108, Los Altos, Calif 94022, 1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(6):1077. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310120139025

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This volume is not intended for anyone who wants a "quickie" survey of the field of hormonal contraception. But it is the most meticulous, thorough, detailed, and objective collection and tabulation of the relevant information available at the present time. It is an unfortunate circumstance that the field changes so rapidly that almost any book is obsolete before it appears in print; nevertheless, the authors have done a valiant job in updating their second edition; references include literature through 1966.

Several features of this book are of particular value: the chapter headings are informative, the index is satisfactory, and for the clinician seeking a summary of the author's opinions, there is a section of 60 questions and answers on practical matters.

The criticisms that can be made are relatively minor, the translation, though adequate, is somewhat literal and heavy. The text contains considerable reference to contraceptive agents or formulations which

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