[Skip to Content]
Sign In
Individual Sign In
Create an Account
Institutional Sign In
OpenAthens Shibboleth
Purchase Options:
[Skip to Content Landing]
October 15, 1932

Fertility and Sterility in Marriage: Their Voluntary Promotion and Limitation.

JAMA. 1932;99(16):1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740680075042

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


This is the third volume in the series by Dr. Van de Velde which has had such wide distribution. He presents the combination of an interesting, almost romantic, writer with a social philosopher and scientific physician. Concerning certain factors of sex life he is exceedingly positive, among others, that sex abstinence in marriage is harmful both to the minds of the participants and to the success of the marriage. He realizes also that contraceptive methods may be abused. The introduction of his book is a careful consideration of various regulations of the Catholic Church on this subject, quoting many social and church documents. He then considers family limitation in its national, international and racial aspects, and in its individual aspects. The appendix to this section quotes many aphorisms by important writers. The next section of the book deals with the physiology of reproduction and the promotion of pregnancy, in which,