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Author McLaren, Angus.

Title A history of contraception : from antiquity to the present day / Angus McLaren
Published Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Mass., USA : B. Blackwell, 1990


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Description viii, 275 pages ; 24 cm
Series Family, sexuality, and social relations in past times
Family, sexuality, and social relations in past times.
Contents 1. The patterning of fertility in ancient Greece -- 2. Fertility control in Rome -- 3. Abortion and contraception in the Christian West -- 4. Procreation in the Middle Ages -- 5. Fertility control in early modern Europe -- 6. Neo-Malthusianism and the fertility transition -- 7. The truimph of family planning
Summary "This book the first history of contraception for almost fifty years, provides a scholarly and highly readable account of procreation and attempts to prevent it from ancient Greece to the late twentieth century. The story, as the author shows, is not one of unalleviated progress, and anything but a simple passage from ignorance to enlightenment. Marshalling evidence from demography, medicine, literature, religious, family and women's history, he shows both that the idea of limiting progeny is ever-present in human history and that many contraceptive practices have endured for at least two and a half millennia. In cosidering questions of both motivation and method, Angus McLaren reveals the intimate interactions between reproductive decision-making on the one hand and social, economic, political and gender relationaships on the other."
Analysis Birth control History
Contraception History
Family planning History
Family History
Birth control - History
Contraception - History
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Birth control -- History.
Contraception -- History.
Sex Education.
Contraception -- history.
Family Planning Services -- history.
LC no. 90034917
ISBN 0631167110