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The Only book you will ever need to learn about The Pill and the people who brought it to life.2010 commemorated the 50th anniversary of the approval of the oral contraceptive pill by the Food and Drug Administration. The history and the development of the oral contraceptive pill are rich in drama--cultural, financial, scientific, spiritual, and political. Dr. David Hislop recounts it all here in this detailed account of the birth of the pill and the fascinating roster of characters who contributed to it. Beginning with the reforms of Margaret Sanger and the barriers of the Comstock laws, this comprehensive book includes perspectives on the biologists, Gregory Pincus and Min-Chueh Chang, the chemist Russell Marker, the philanthropist Katharine McCormick, the journalist and politician, Ernest Gruening and finally obstetrician and gynecologist John Rock. Considering the legal, social, scientific and religious barriers that led to the eventual government approval, The People Who Made the Pill is the definitive resource on this critical component of our cultural fabric.
Dr. David M. C. Hislop is a retired obstetrician and gynecologist, who practiced for forty years. In addition, he initiated and for many years ran a county Family Planning Clinic, still the only such clinic in a community of some 160,000, besides regularly lecturing on the topic to successive groups of expectant parents over a period of many years. The work is written from his perspective as a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist.