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December 2, 1939

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE BIRTH CONTROL CONTROVERSY

JAMA. 1939;113(23):2078. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800480063021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In The Journal October 21 appears an article by Dr. George Kosmak with regard to birth control.Dr. Kosmak refers to the "hysteria" of some one or other connected with the birth control movement[ill] he refers to an "insane" approach and the "agitation" of many people. He refers to "loose thinking" and again to their "hysteria," to their "viciousness" and to their "inadequate reasoning."Dr. Kosmak uses these psychiatric designations as if to contrast his own mental poise with the mental ill health of those with whom he doesn't agree. I am well acquainted with the persons who are chiefly responsible for having brought the problem of birth control to the more serious attention of our profession and of the public generally, and in my capacity as a psychiatrist I must offer the opinion that no signs of hysteria, insanity, viciousness or agitation have made their appearance.

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