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July 27, 1940

CONTRACEPTION: A STUDY OF FIVE HUNDRED CASES FROM PRIVATE PRACTICECLINICAL OBSERVATIONS

JAMA. 1940;115(4):279-285. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810300019005
Abstract

An analysis of 500 private contraceptive cases selected at random from my files is presented. This study shows the extent and types of contraception practiced during a twelve year period, before and after medical consultation, by a group of middle class New York city families of different religious denominations, all of whom were white but three.

I interviewed each of the 500 women in this study and gave a general physical examination, including a bimanual pelvic examination.

The purpose of this clinical study was to ascertain the extent and efficiency of contraceptive efforts and their influence on fertility and marital happiness. The results of medically prescribed contraceptive methods are compared with self-prescribed methods. The health problems involved are summarized.

A variety of factors which might affect the health of the wife, the size of the family and marital happiness were studied. Information was obtained about the physical and emotional health

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