No one denies that women who take birth-control pills may become seriously ill. The question is: Did the pills they took cause the disease attributed to them? If so, how likely are patients to have such iatrogenic disorders? Is a patient, after understanding its relative hazards, justified in taking the more convenient pill in preference to using some other, less-certain contraceptives?
Robert Kistner answers questions like these for patients in a specific fashion. He has gathered together the conflicting data on the Pill and blood clots, the Pill and cancer, the Pill and diabetes and the relationship of the Pill and numerous other morbid states with which it is or is alleged to be associated. In each case, he relates the pertinent backup statistical studies, points out their significance (or lack of it), and draws judicial conclusions in language patients can understand.
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