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Vaginal Contraception

Johanna F. Perlmutter, MD
JAMA. 1982;247(11):1637. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320360071050.
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This hardcover book is directed at a general audience with interest in vaginal contraception, layperson as well as professional. It is divided into three sections: an overview and appraisal of available information, clinical material for the practitioner, and appendices.

The first part deals with "Assessment of Existing Information" and attempts to cover the entire field of contraception. Though the information is comprehensive, it is written in a manner that is light and easily read. The historical review of vaginal contraceptive methods is excellent and explores the background of both the diaphragm and the cervical cap.

The message this book offers is that the ideal contraceptive has not yet been developed. In addition, it emphasizes that it is time women played a more active role in sexuality, with emphasis on the woman's role in the decision-making process. As the title suggests, strong arguments are put forth for the use of vaginal


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