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November 9, 1935


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Bronx, New York City.

JAMA. 1935;105(19):1539. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760450059022

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To the Editor:—  The Journal is to be congratulated as well as Dr. Latz for his statement "Economic conditions or other weighty reasons may put couples in a position in which they need to limit their offspring" (The Journal, October 19, p. 1241). Many of us who are engaged in active contraceptive practice have been preaching this for years. We dared not express ourselves so openly on the question of economic needs because of legal restrictions but rather stressed frank medical indications. The depression did for us what we dared not suggest ourselves.I am not going to take issue with the "safety" of the safe period or discuss its shortcomings in this communication. Others as well as I are collecting records pointing out the large percentage of failures, and time plus pregnant women will determine its fate as a practical birth control measure. The study of the so-called safe

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