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July 4, 1977

Reproduction and Human Welfare: A Challenge to Research; A Review of the Reproductive Sciences and Contraceptive Development

JAMA. 1977;238(1):67-68. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280010067036

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This book is the culmination of a two-year study supported by the Ford Foundation that assesses the present state of knowledge in the reproductive and contraceptive sciences and analyzes future needs of research funding in the field. The remarkable progress achieved in only two decades of reproductive research, as exemplified by the development of a variety of oral contraceptives and intrauterine devices, is summarized. Since presently available contraceptives have proved inadequate to stem the tide of world overpopulation, there must be continued effort to develop methods that are acceptable, accessible, safe, and effective for all individuals and societies. The study emphasizes that there is now an accumulation of data and an understanding of basic reproductive physiological processes, while the number of approved but unfunded research grant applications demonstrate that existing institutional and scientific personnel are available to meet the need.

Three US Presidents have expressed concern that research in population