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February 14, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(7):490. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890240056020

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To the Editor:—  In the January 3 issue of The Journal, page 56, Dr. S. I. Movitt of Los Angeles calls attention to two statements taken out of my paper on "Contraception Masking Sterility and Infertility" (The Journal, Dec. 28, 1946, p. 1047), which apparently puzzle him to the extent of incredibility.Workers in the field of sterility are, of course, familiar with the facts as stated in my paper. To others less familiar with the results obtained by the Huhner test, there might seem to be a contradiction as implied by Dr. Movitt. The first statement to which the doctor refers is, "in an appreciable number of cases the Huhner test showed 10 spermatozoa or less per high power field despite which pregnancy has taken place." This statement is confronted with the observation that the normal range of sperm is "from 60 million to 120 million" per cubic centimeter.

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