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BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1253
  1. Mark Gabbay, senior lecturer in general practice
  1. University of Liverpool

    Ed Adrian Mindel

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    BMJ Books, £19.95, pp 240 ISBN 0 7279 1267 4

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    In 1736 the French venereologist Jean Astruc condemned English libertines' use of animal membrane condoms. “Surely it is far better,” he said, “to partake the pleasures of venery with permission and safety, than to make use of so filthy and nasty an invention.” While such prejudice may remain widespread, …

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