Tag Archives: contraception

Eugenics: historic and contemporary

JMS Pearce Hull, England, United Kingdom   Moral judgments, changing ethical criteria, and the broader concepts of good and evil are always controversial, and often dangerous. Prominent amongst such judgments are those relating to population control and the wider, ill-defined field of eugenics. Hidden, and often ignored or denied in these conversations, is the underlying […]

The evolution of attitude towards sexual health in the Netherlands

Olga Loeber Nijmegen, Netherlands   Reprinted from brochure Middelen ter voorkoming van groote gezinnen Introduction The Netherlands is thought of as a progressive society compared to other countries, but this is actually a recent development. In 1885, the Neo Malthusian League (NMB) published a brochure titled: “Means to prevent large families.” Founded in 1881, NMB […]

Historical contraception: birth control before “the pill”

Emily R. W. Davidson Chapel Hill, United States Figure 1 Depiction of Al-Razi, 1250-1260 From Gerard of Cremona’s Recueil des traités de médecine   Since the advent of the birth control pill, birth control advocates claim that women’s control over their reproductive potential increased the proportion of women in the US workforce over the course […]