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April 7, 1951

SOCIOLOGIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION WITH DONOR SEMEN

Author Affiliations

Boston

Professor of Sociology (Dr. Lamson) and Professor of Psychology (Dr. Pinard), Boston University College of Liberal Arts, and Professor of Gynecology (Dr. Meaker) Boston University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1951;145(14):1062-1064. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920320036010
Abstract

In the majority of sterile matings the responsibility is divided between the two partners, each of whom shows some degree of infertility. In about 10 per cent of cases the fault lies wholly, and in another 20 per cent chiefly, on the male side. Thus, the population of this country today includes around 1,000,000 potentially fertile married women who are sterilized by social circumstances. As things are at present, nearly all of them will remain so, since treatment of the severer grades of male infertility is generally unsuccessful. Most couples confronted with this situation ultimately resign themselves to the inevitable and readjust their lives as best they can, perhaps with adoption as a makeshift in the relatively small number of cases in which that can be arranged. Some wives take matters into their own hands by seeking divorce and remarriage, or even by resorting to adultery. A possible large scale

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