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The politics of contraception / Carl Djerassi.


New York : Norton, [1980] .
ISBN 0393012646, 9780393012644

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Subjects BIRTH CONTROL.
CONTRACEPTIVES.
Contraception -- Research.
Contraception -- methods.
Contraception.
Family Planning Services -- trends.
Oral contraceptives -- History.
Oral contraceptives.
Public Policy.
Research Support.
Description 274 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Copyright Date [1980]
©1979
Notes Reprint of the 1979 edition published by the Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford, Calif., in series: The Portable Stanford.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-267) and index.
Summary At age twenty-eight, Carl Djerassi led the team at Syntex in Mexico that synthesized the first oral contraceptive. An internationally honored chemist, he has worked for decades as a scientist carrying out basic research and as an industrialist concerned with finding practical applications for laboratory discoveries. He is therefore uniquely qualified to discuss birth control, present and future, from the triple perspective of science, industry, and public policy. In this book, Professor Djerassi covers a range of current contraceptive methods and their use both in the United States and abroad, including the developing nations. He shows how research and development have been affected by the public's fears of side effects, notably cancer, and he assesses the role of the press and legislators, often critical and ill informed, in shaping pubic policy and attitudes- including unrealistic expectations for new technological breakthroughs. He also discusses in detail future male and female contraceptives that might be developed if realistic changes are made in public policy. In a special chapter on China, where more women than anywhere else take the Pill and where a new male Pill is being tested on humans, he explains how that nation has adopted a promising "contraceptive supermarket" approach to birth control. The book ends with his personal account of the chemical history of the Pill, which has never been told in layman's terms before. -- from Book Jacket.
Contents Introduction -- Current contraceptive hardware -- The Pill: use and concerns -- The fear of cancer -- The road from laboratory to consumer -- The Public's right to know -- Future prospects in male contraception -- Future prospects in female contraception -- Birth control in China: the contraceptive supermarket -- Strategies for the future -- The chemical history of the Pill.
Genre History.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)5447601
(OCoLC)ocm05447601
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WorldCat Identities Djerassi, Carl.
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