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December 1973

Hormonal Contraception.

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San Francisco


By Jurgen Haller, MD. Price, $13. Pp 314. Geron-X, Inc., Box 1108, Los Altos, CA 94022, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(6):914. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650120112031

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This compendium is a reasonably competent translation from the third German edition of Haller's book on hormonal agents used for contraception. The biochemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology of these agents is discussed in great detail. Unfortunately, the book is poorly organized and suffers from the fact that the agents available in the United States are not separated from those available only in Europe. There is a great deal of repetition in the six main chapters, especially comments about side-effects of estrogens and progestogens.

The chapter on the control of male fertility has interesting, well-summarized new information. The book is not of great use for general practitioners or internists except for chapter 8, which has instructions for advising patients during treatment with hormonal contraceptives (in the form of 60 questions and answers). On the other hand, some of the details of the pharmacology of these agents, the many tables of effects and

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