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April 2, 1932

The Practice of Contraception: An International Symposium and Survey.

JAMA. 1932;98(14):1213. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730400091037

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Control of Conception: An Illustrated Medical Manual. By Robert Latou Dickinson and Louise Stevens Bryant. Medical Aspects of Human Fertility Series Issued by the National Committee on Maternal Health, Inc. Cloth. Price, $4.50. Pp. 290, with 72 illustrations. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1931.

These volumes represent much of the current scientific interest in contraception. The first book provides an evaluation of various methods as brought out in the international conference held in Zurich in September, 1930, in which leaders in such investigations from all over the world took part. The various considerations of the subject included a symposium on contraceptive methods, another on abortion, and a third providing reports from the various birth control clinics of the world. The methods involved included occlusive pessaries, rings, chemicals, biologic methods, sterilization, and methods used before these modern innovations were brought to light. Obviously, there is a gradual change in the point

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