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August 1973

Hormonal Contraception, ed 3.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(2):302-303. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650080144049

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This marvelous book has a bibliography of 1,043 titles, which alone shows what a tremendous job of literature research the author has done. Anyone who is interested in modern contraceptives and what they do will find answers here. Chapter 8 is very helpful and consists of 60 questions and answers. The author tells how a contraceptive can help in instances of dysmenorrhea, mittelschmerz, endometriosis, and sometimes during a flare-up of acne.

There are answers to many questions: will a woman become pregnant if she misses taking a few tablets, and what are the chances, and how women of some ethnic groups may develop some darkening of the skin, but how this is usually reversible. He answers questions about the relationship of cancer and hormonal contraception, especially commenting about the sporadic reports describing cervical carcinoma in situ without invasive growth (they resemble changes that are observed in some pregnancies). He

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