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October 28, 1950

Human Fertility and Problems of the Male

JAMA. 1950;144(9):803-804. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920090077037

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Abstract

In this book Dr. Farris reviews chiefly the work carried on by himself and his colleagues at the Wistar Institute. The book is intended to be "applicable and informative equally to the medical profession and to those among the intelligent laymen who are interested in this problem." The "problem" essentially involves: (1) the assessment of human male fertility on the basis of sperm count and sperm morphology, (2) the study of factors affecting semen quality and (3) the development of a rational therapy for sterility cases in which male infertility is a factor.

Recognizing that the problem of the childless couple involves reproductive function of the female as well as the male, the author in this book reviews only briefly the status of the wife, which will be considered in detail in a succeeding volume. Essentially then, this book is concerned with the type of case in which the fertility

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