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December 2, 1939

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE BIRTH CONTROL CONTROVERSY

JAMA. 1939;113(23):2078. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800480064022

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Abstract

[Dr. Menninger's letter was submitted to Dr. Kosmak, who replied as follows:]

To the Editor:—  I had fully expected reactions to my paper such as those enunciated by Dr. Menninger. Notwithstanding his doubts about my designation of certain groups of "birth control" enthusiasts as hysterical and given to exaggeration and loose thinking, I feel that my judgment of their activities will be generally endorsed by many fair minded members of the profession as well as by laymen who can trace the connection between their propaganda and the widespread results of the desire for avoiding pregnancy under all circumstances. In this connection one might also refer to the disgusting commercial exploitation of contraceptive devices which is encountered on every hand and which may be regarded as a response to the public dissemination of the literature and utterances of propagandist groups. One cannot question the sincerity of the rational advocates of birth

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