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January 14, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(2):169-170. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800020075025

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To the Editor:—  The report by the Councils' Committee on Contraceptives appearing on page 1767 of The Journal November 5 errs in taking up a matter which does not fall in its jurisdiction. That portion of the work of Harris and of Mayer, Harris and Wimpfheimer on the use of the roentgen rays to induce therapeutic abortion is not a method of contraception. In a later portion of the report the committee condemns the method because "... it is decidedly dangerous and... its use should be deprecated."The mandate of this committee is described in an editorial comment on page 1170 of the same issue of The Journal. In this it is stated that the House of Delegates "delegated to the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry and to the Council on Physical Therapy the problem of investigating materials, devices and methods recommended or employed for the prevention of conception

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