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The Family Planning Association and Contraceptive Science and Technology in Mid-Twentieth-Century BritainEmploying Pure and Applied Science to Assess Contraceptive Technologies

The Family Planning Association and Contraceptive Science and Technology in Mid-Twentieth-Century... [This chapter focuses on the pure and applied research projects that were instigated and directed by the National Birth Control Association/Family Planning Association and the North Kensington Women's Welfare Clinic. It contrasts the lab-based quality, efficacy and safety research undertaken at the association’s direction, to argue that the development of the concept of contraceptive effectiveness and means of testing it, was a scientifically and politically fraught process that had to be carefully navigated. It also explores the association’s efforts to implement conclusive testing methods to regulate and scientifically standardise chemical and mechanical contraceptives through the approved list. Further, it looks at the development of applied scientific projects which included the development of case cards and the exploitation of the clinic for undertaking pilot and later formal clinical trials to assess safety and efficacy of contraceptives prescribed in the clinic.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Family Planning Association and Contraceptive Science and Technology in Mid-Twentieth-Century BritainEmploying Pure and Applied Science to Assess Contraceptive Technologies

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
ISBN
978-3-030-81299-7
Pages
145 –207
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-81300-0_4
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter focuses on the pure and applied research projects that were instigated and directed by the National Birth Control Association/Family Planning Association and the North Kensington Women's Welfare Clinic. It contrasts the lab-based quality, efficacy and safety research undertaken at the association’s direction, to argue that the development of the concept of contraceptive effectiveness and means of testing it, was a scientifically and politically fraught process that had to be carefully navigated. It also explores the association’s efforts to implement conclusive testing methods to regulate and scientifically standardise chemical and mechanical contraceptives through the approved list. Further, it looks at the development of applied scientific projects which included the development of case cards and the exploitation of the clinic for undertaking pilot and later formal clinical trials to assess safety and efficacy of contraceptives prescribed in the clinic.]

Published: Aug 19, 2022

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