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October 5, 1935

Parenthood: Design or Accident? A Manual of Birth-Control

JAMA. 1935;105(14):1142. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760400058033

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This manual of contraception, from the pen of a British physician who prefers to write under a pseudonym, is undoubtedly one of the best books on this subject that has yet appeared. The author has a thorough command of the subject and obviously has devoted much careful thought to the preparation of this volume. The subject matter is well arranged and it is presented with a degree of lucidity that may well serve as a model for other writers on medical subjects. The arguments for birth control are developed in remarkably cogent fashion; the criticisms of its opponents are confronted with devastating logic. The author discusses the virtues and deficiencies of all the commonly employed methods of contraception and provides practical instruction on the use of the better ones. The so-called safe period is deflated to its proper dimensions, those of "relative" safety. Appendixes containing useful information on birth control

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