ISBN13:978-0801868214 ISBN10: 0801868211 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0801858765 ISBN10: 0801858763
Summary: In this fresh look at the pill's cultural and medical history, Elizabeth Siegel Watkins re-examines the scientific and ideological forces that led to its development, the part women played in debates over its application, and the role of the media, medical profession, and pharmaceutical industry in deciding issues of its safety and meaning. Her study helps us not only to understand the contraceptive revolution as such but also to appreciate the misinterpretations tha
Summary: In this fresh look at the pill's cultural and medical history, Elizabeth Siegel Watkins re-examines the scientific and ideological forces that led to its development, the part women played in debates over its application, and the role of the media, medical profession, and pharmaceutical industry in deciding issues of its safety and meaning. Her study helps us not only to understand the contraceptive revolution as such but also to appreciate the misinterpretations that surround it. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:98 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press Year Published: 1998 International: No
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Watkins, Elizabeth Siegel : Carnegie-Mellon University
Elizabeth Siegel Watkins received her Ph.D. degree in the history of science at Harvard University and is currently a visiting associate professor in the Department of History at Carnegie-Mellon University.
"This is an exemplary study of how the nation which first had access to oral contraceptives first came to terms with their advantages, and their drawbacks."
-- Jon Turney, Times Literary Supplement
"Intelligent and well-structured... An admirable exercise in social history."
-- Richard Davenport-Hines, Nature
"A particularly fascinating issue, trim and focused, sophisticated and helpful, fresh and very interesting."
-- Rickie Solinger, American Historical Review
"In every carefully organized, lucidly written chapter Watkins provides surprising corrections to conventional thinking about the new birth control method... One especially noteworthy theme is the book's exploration of the politics of the pill, including Planned Parenthood [Federation] of America's concerted efforts to rebut critics, federal officials' dramatically shifting positions from the 1950s to the 1970s on birth control, population control and family planning, and pill-induced tensions among feminists."
-- Janet Farrell Brodie, Journal of American History
"In 1968, a popular writer ranked the pill's importance with the discovery of fire and the developments of tool-making, hunting, agriculture, urbanism, scientific medicine, and nuclear energy. Twenty-five years later, the leading British weekly, the Economist, listed the pill as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The image of the oral contraceptive as revolutionary persists in popular culture, yet the nature of the changes it supposedly brought about has not been fully investigated. After more than thirty-five years on the market, the role of the pill is due for a thorough examination."
-- from the Introduction
John Hopkins University Press Web Site, February, 2002
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Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Genesis of the Pill Chapter 2: Physicians, Patients, and the New Oral Contraceptives Chapter 3: Sex, Population, and the Pill Chapter 4: Debating the Safety of the Pill Chapter 5: Oral Contraceptives and Informed Consent Chapter 6: Conclusion Notes Bibliographical Essay Index
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