Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America
From thriving black market to big business, the commercialization of birth control in the United States
In Devices and Desires, Andrea Tone breaks new ground by showing what it was really like to buy, produce, and use contraceptives during a century of profound social and technological change. A down-and-out sausage-casing worker by day who turned surplus animal intestines into a million-dollar condom enterprise at night; inventors who fashioned cervical caps out of watch springs; and a mother of six who kissed photographs of the inventor of the Pill -- these are just a few of the individuals who make up this riveting story.
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DEVICES AND DESIRES: A History of Contraceptives in AmericaUser Review - Kirkus
An informative, colorful history that depicts the clash of lawyers, businessmen, doctors, and clergy over the development of artificial birth control. In this broad canvass, Tone (The Business of ... Read full review
Devices and desires: a history of contraceptives in AmericaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Catholic obstetrician John Rock considered the pill a "morally permissible variant of the rhythm method" and assisted in its development. This is one of the many fascinating complexities found in the ... Read full review