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Devices and Desires A History of Contraceptives in America

ISBN-10: 0809038161
ISBN-13: 9780809038169
Edition: N/A
Authors: Andrea Tone
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Description: From thriving black market to big business, the commercialization of birth control in the United States InDevices and Desires, Andrea Tone breaks new ground by showing what it was really like to buy, produce, and use contraceptives during a century  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 5/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

From thriving black market to big business, the commercialization of birth control in the United States InDevices 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.

Andrea Tone, an associate professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the author of "The Business of Benevolence" & the editor of "Controlling Reproduction: An American History". She lives in Decatur, Georgia.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Comstockery
1873
The Limits of the Law
Contraceptive Entrepreneurs
Black-Market Birth Control
From Smut to Science
Salute to Prophylaxis
A Medical Fit
Feminine Hygiene
Condom Kings
The Medicalization of Contraceptives
Developing the Pill
The Pill in Practice
Searching for Something Better
Epilogue: The Contraceptive Conundrum
Notes
Index

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