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ABORTION PILL Hardcover – November 15, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067173816X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671738167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,463,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

French endocrinologist Baulieu, with the help of Associated Press senior correspondent Rosenblum, promotes the "abortion pill," RU-486, which remains unavailable in the U.S. Baulieu's research in sex hormones was instrumental in the synthesis of RU-486 over a decade ago; here, he explains how the pill disrupts hormone signals, thus either preventing fertilization or separating the fertilized egg from the uterine wall. Judged safe, affordable and nearly 100% effective in European testing--though not without discomfort--RU-486 constitutes an alternative to the "pain and mutilation" of "outmoded" methods of abortion, a boon to Third World nations, here ... and a possible boost to immunological defenses, says Baulieu. He skillfully counters detractors with statistical evidence of RU-486's success, with positive testimonies from former patients and evidence of international support. Although this informative primer is at times dry--Baulieu is a scientist, not a raconteur--it merits attention from both pro-choice and pro-life camps. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Deploring the serious health risk childbirth posed for so many women around the world, Baulieu, the French endocrinologist chiefly responsible for the "abortion pill" RU-486, became involved early on in fertility control research. Here he discusses his own background, the history of RU-486 research, and his company's worldwide struggle to market the drug. The United States is not the only seat of strong opposition to RU-486, and in almost every country "some obstacle beyond medicine stands between women and the freedom to shape their own lives." For libraries wanting comprehensive coverage of RU-486, Baulieu's international and scientific treatment of the contragestive is a nice complement to Lawrence Lader's politically impassioned and U.S.-oriented RU-486 ( LJ 4/15/91). Libraries forced to make a choice should select Lader's book for its American focus.
- Linda Knaack, Mt. Ida Coll., Newton, Mass.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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