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Sexual Chemistry: A History of the Contraceptive Pill

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:171
  1. James J Schlesselman (, professor
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami, USA

    Lara V Marks

    Yale University Press, £20, pp 372 ISBN 0 300 08943 0

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    The double entendre in the title of this book hints provocatively at its author's purpose—to chronicle the development, marketing, benefit risk analysis, acceptance, and rejection of the oral contraceptive pill, and to highlight the significant role of women in all of these events. The story is set brilliantly in the context of ever changing social and scientific milieus, which often gave rise to controversy, some of which continues to this day.

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