Views And Reviews

Contraceptive Care: Meeting Individual Needs

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6933.926 (Published 02 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:926
  1. J Guillebaud

    Ed Heather Montford, Ruth Skrine Champman and Hall £ 24.95, pp 232 ISBN 0 412 47050 0

    Everyone whose work includes either contraception or psychosexual medicine should read this multiauthor text, with its illuminating case studies.

    “Why are doctors so afraid to bring up the topic of sex with their patients when discussing contraception?” the book asks. Often they are not themselves comfortable with sexual matters. Others fail to detect and manage the covert presentations, hidden agendas, and “calling cards.” Empathy is required, “defined as putting oneself imaginatively into someone else's position and experiencing the feelings which doing so arouses.”

    The authors teach us to use our feelings of …

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