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January 3, 1948

SPERM COUNTS AND STERILITY

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Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1948;136(1):56. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890180058021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I should like to call your attention to Dr. I. C. Rubin's article published in The Journal (Dec. 28, 1946, page 1047) "Contraception Masking Sterility and Infertility." While most practitioners interested in the field of fertility in men would agree with Dr. Pollack and Dr. E. T. Tyler, who state in their letters to the editor of the The Journal, November 8, page 682, that the normal range of sperms per cubic centimeter of semen is from 60 million to 120 million and that pregnancies seldom occur when the husband's count is considerably less than 50 million per cubic centimeter, Dr. Rubin, such an authority in fertility and sterility in women, makes in his article the following rather incredible statements: "in an appreciable number of cases the Huhner test showed 10 spermatozoa or less per high power field, despite which pregnancy has taken place," and, "Absence of

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