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September 1973

Hormonal Contraception.

Author Affiliations

San Antonio


By Prof Dr Med Jurgen Haller. Price, $13. Pp 288. Geron-X, Inc, Box 1108, Los Altos, CA 94022, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(3):460. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650090130034

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This book on laboratory, experimental, and clinical aspects of hormonal contraceptives (now including a brief section on the male) has been well received by the German-speaking part of the medical profession. The present text is a translation of the second edition (1969); a third edition appeared in 1971, but the volume submitted for review by the author is most assuredly authoritative and thoroughly knowledgeable. However, the utility of this book for American medical men, particularly internists, is doubtful. Much of the information relates to agents or products that are not available in the United States; moreover, a good deal of the illustrated material (largely in German) refers to Haller's personal experience, which might not necessarily be applicable to American women, since ethnic differences in the response to these agents (in liver function, for example) are well known. Lastly, it must be noted that there is a substantial number of

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