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The Birth Control Problem
Birth control in this country does not seem to be so important a problem as in England and America, though the authorities have recently established consultative centers to determine to what extent it is practiced, and if there is a greater need for it. The people are rather opposed to discussing the matter openly as if it were a means of aiding loose relations between the sexes. The attitude of the lower classes toward it, however, which is often mentioned in the newspapers and magazines, demonstrates its importance to them as a social question. According to the social bureau of the Tokyo municipal office, 225 women have come to consult the physicians concerning birth control since the consultative centers were established. One hundred and twenty-two were married women, with large families, who must depend on their husbands' earnings for their living. Their husbands were employed as
JAPAN. JAMA. 1928;91(20):1562. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700200060026
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