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CONTRACEPTIVE ADVICE, DEVICES AND PREPARATIONS

Frederick A. Ballard; Morris L. Ernst; Alexander C. Dick; Harrison Tweed; Charles E. Scribner
JAMA. 1937;108(21):1819-1820. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780210059023.
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To the Editor:—  The April 3 issue of The Journal carried an editorial discussing the recent decision of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case of United States v. One Package (86 F. [2d] 737 [1936]) and taking issue with the interpretation accorded to that case by the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control, Inc. Unambiguously entitled "Contraceptive Advice, Devices and Preparations Still Contraband," the editorial derogates the importance of the case which the National Committee has hailed as a significant victory for medical workers in the field of contraception.The case involved the legality under the tariff act of 1930 (the correct statutory citation is 19 U. S. C. A. No. 1305; in the editorial it was incorrectly given as 18 U. S. C. A. No. 396) of a physician's importing pessaries for use in her practice. The court decided that, despite

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