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February 12, 1982

Research Frontiers in Fertility Regulation

JAMA. 1982;247(6):888. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320310114059

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This book represents the transactions of an international workshop on family planning. As the title implies, the past, present, and future of research in fertility regulation were reviewed. As in so many books that represent transactions of meetings, the writing styles vary, and a sense of continuity of authorship may be difficult to perceive.

However, the developers of the conference, who served as authors of the book, did attempt to develop thematic continuity. This book is one in a series sponsored by the Program for Applied Research on Fertility Regulation. The book is divided into six subject areas, which range from the evaluation of new contraceptives to contraceptive research as it relates to family-planning programs.

There is an excellent summation of current research efforts in the area of male fertility control, which describes all the approaches, both pharmacologic and endocrinologic, including difficulties. It becomes apparent that research in male fertility