On the Pill A Social History of Oral Contraceptives 1950

On the Pill A Social History of Oral Contraceptives 1950 1970 There can be no doubting the importance of the pill in post World War II America The commercial availability of the birth control pill in the early 1960s permitted women far greater reproductive choice created a new set of ethical and religious uestions encouraged feminism changed the dynamics of women's health care and forever altered gender relations In this fresh look at the pill's cultural and medical history Elizabeth Siegel Watkins reexamines the scientific and ideological forces that led to its development the parts women played in debates over its application and the role of the media medical profession and pharmaceutical industry in deciding issues of its safety and meaning

4 thoughts on “On the Pill A Social History of Oral Contraceptives 1950 1970

  1. Sara Watson Sara Watson says:

    On the Pill complicates and debunks the causal relationship between a technology and a socio cultural revolution It also explores the tensions in the widespread adoption of a technological fix for socio econimc problems namely overpopulation concerns It is particularly interesting though perhaps not surprising given the large percentage of the population concerned that the Pill initiated an important shift in patient doctor information relationships introducing the patient package insert we are so familiar with now Watkins handles the delicate balance in the subjectivity of patient risk benefit calculations well I also particularly enjoyed the treatment of journalists and the media's role in the adoption of the pillMy only lament is that this history stops at 1970 as I'd love to know about how these controversies continue with the introduction of new technologies rings and as alternatives to the pill are explored a renewed interest in IUDs

  2. saizine saizine says:

    A perfectly serviceable history of the development of the pill although not one that is not otherwise accessible elsewhere Of particular interest in this publication however is the emphasis on the development of the patient package insert and the often lopsided relationship between doctor and patient as well as pharmaceutical companiesdevelopment and doctors and patients As always I am interested in how risk benefit analyses are carried out and by whom and this book addressed this complication in adoption of the pill very well Certainly a book to pick up if you’re looking to explore the pill in many facets not only medical but also through the lenses of technological development risk calculation media coverage etc but perhaps not the seminal work on the subject

  3. Beth Beth says:

    Nice overview of the history of the birth control pill and it's larger historical and social meanings Would have liked to have seen detail but is a nice addition to the literature on prescription drugs

  4. Jess Jess says:

    This was an important book to read in terms of learning the history of the pill However there were some sections that were geared towards medical professionals that I did not completely understand But the parts about the social history were a lot interesting

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