The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

Jonathan Eig


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The attention-grabbing tale of 1 of crucial medical discoveries of the 20th century.

We comprehend it easily as "the pill," but its genesis was once something yet easy. Jonathan Eig's masterful narrative revolves round 4 crucial characters: the fiery feminist Margaret Sanger, who used to be a champion of contraception in her crusade for the rights of ladies yet ignored her personal young children in pursuit of unfastened love; the gorgeous Katharine McCormick, who owed her fortune to her filthy rich husband, the son of the founding father of overseas Harvester and a schizophrenic; the visionary scientist Gregory Pincus, who used to be brushed aside via Harvard within the Thirties because of his experimentation with in vitro fertilization yet who, after he used to be approached through Sanger and McCormick, grew enthusiastic about the belief of inventing a drug which could cease ovulation; and the telegenic John Rock, a Catholic physician from Boston who battled his personal church to turn into an significantly powerful suggest within the attempt to win public acclaim for the drug that may be advertised through Searle as Enovid.

Spanning the years from Sanger’s heady Greenwich Village days within the early 20th century to trial checks in Puerto Rico within the Nineteen Fifties to the cusp of the sexual revolution within the Nineteen Sixties, this can be a grand tale of radical feminist politics, clinical ingenuity, institution competition, and, finally, a sea swap in social attitudes. Brilliantly researched and rapidly written, The delivery of the Pill is gripping social, cultural, and clinical history.

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