A history of contraception: from antiquity to the present day.

McLaren A
Cambridge, Massachusetts/Oxford, England, Basil Blackwell, 1990. viii, 275 p. (Family: Sexuality and Social Relations in Past Times)

This is a study of the history of fertility regulation throughout the world and is based on two premises. "The first is that there have always been societies, or at least important groups within them, who have for one reason or another, at some periods in their history, taken steps to limit their progeny....The second premise...is that reproductive decisions are of greater significance to women than to men....In each of the book's seven chapters--devoted to the Greek world, the Roman Empire, the Christian west, the Middle Ages, early modern Europe, the industrializing west and the twentieth century--the intent has been to flush out the intended and unintended consequences of fertility control and the relationship to changing family forms and gender roles." (EXCERPT)

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