On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives,

On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives, There can be no doubting the importance of the pill in postWorld War II America The commercial availability of the birth control pill in the early s permitted women far greater reproductive choice, created a new set of ethical and religious questions, encouraged feminism, changed the dynamics of women's health care, and forever altered gender relations In this fresh look at the pill's cultural and medical history, Elizabeth Siegel Watkins reexamines the scientific and ideological forces that led to its development, the parts women played in debates over its application, and the role of the media, medical profession, and pharmaceutical industry in deciding issues of its safety and meaning


10 thoughts on “On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives, 1950-1970

  1. Sara Watson Sara Watson says:

    On the Pill complicates (and debunks) the causal relationship between a technology and a socio-cultural revolution. It also explores the tensions in the widespread adoption of a technological fix for socio-econimc problems (namely overpopulation concerns).

    It is particularly interesting, though perhaps not surprising given the large percentage of the population co


  2. saizine saizine says:

    A perfectly serviceable history of the development of the pill, although not one that is not otherwise accessible elsewhere. Of particular interest in this publication, however, is the emphasis on the development of the patient package insert and the (often lopsided) relationship between doctor and patient (as well as pharmaceutical companies/development and doctors and patients)


  3. Beth Beth says:

    Nice overview of the history of the birth control pill and it's larger historical and social meanings. Would have liked to have seen more detail but is a nice addition to the literature on prescription drugs.


  4. Jess Jess says:

    This was an important book to read in terms of learning the history of the pill. However, there were some sections that were geared more towards medical professionals that I did not completely understand. But the parts about the social history were a lot more interesting.


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