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April 25, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(17):1403-1404. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720430053016

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The Journal has commented previously on the attempt to immunize the female against conception by injection into her body of the sperm of the male either live or treated in various ways. The technic has been varied by investigators in different countries. The difficulty with present methods of birth control is their failure to meet psychologic, esthetic and economic considerations. Individual initiative is lacking and carelessness is a prominent trait in exactly that portion of society for which birth control is most generally advised. One cannot expect of the ignorant, the mentally defective or the destitute the type of foresight and intelligence required for the application of such chemical or mechanical methods of contraception as are now available. These considerations have led to the type of experimentation that is here concerned; namely, a method of biologic control that would be independent of the person treated and would be efficient for

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