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Author Asbell, Bernard.

Title The Pill : a biography of the drug that changed the world / Bernard Asbell.

Publication Info. New York : Random House, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - Adult Department  613.9 ASBELL, BARNARD    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  613.94 A    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  613.9432 ASBELL    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  613.94 AS15    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  613.9432 ASBELL    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xvii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [383]-398) and index.
Contents The conception -- The unworthy search -- Two mothers -- A storefront in Brooklyn -- Waiting -- An adventure in Mexico -- A leap beyond nature -- "In science, Lizuska, everything is possible" -- "All these trials soon be over" -- A race for the pill -- The pill changes lives -- Two decades, two women -- What sexual revolution? -- A life of choice: creating her own rules -- Birth control veiled and unveiled -- A rumble that shook Rome -- Advice without consent -- "They are crucifying the church" -- "Pill Kills!" -- Parents revisited -- How do you make a bomb implode? -- For women a not-a-pill and for men a not-yet-pill -- The morning after -- The age of biointervention.
Summary At least five scientists have been proclaimed "the father of the Pill." We learn here that the credit for its conception belongs to two women who "stand by themselves as the indisputable mothers of the Pill." One of them, Margaret Sanger, was already famous - to many, notorious. The other, Katharine McCormick, didn't even rate an obituary in the nation's leading newspapers. Here is a spellbinding tale of visions and blindness, testing and trials, setbacks and triumphs; of quirky scientists who turned to deciphering nature, and drug companies who turned away. It takes us into the hushed halls of the Vatican, where celibates gingerly stepped around the Pill, pondering what it was, how it worked, and what it meant - until they came to the verge of approving it; and from there to the raucous explosion in college dorms of "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll"--And some surprising conclusions about the supposed causes of the sexual revolution.
Subject Oral contraceptives -- Research -- History.
Oral contraceptives -- Social aspects.
Contraceptives, Oral -- history.
Other Form: Online version: Asbell, Bernard. Pill. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c1995 (OCoLC)623789135
ISBN 0679435557
0679411003 VARIANT
9780679411000 VARIANT
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