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Encyclopedia of Birth Control Hardcover – December 15, 2000
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This new encyclopedia from journalist-researcher Rengel provides an overview of the complex subject of birth control for those in need of brief information or an introduction for deeper research. The encyclopedia has over 200 alphabetically arranged entries, ranging in length from a few paragraphs to four pages. They cover basic reproductive physiology, contraceptive methods, legal issues and cases, biographies, countries and regions, social issues and controversies, and medical issues, among other topics. Most entries include resources for further reading. Photographs, charts, and graphs illustrate the articles; the cross references and the extensive bibliography of journal articles, books, and web sites are very helpful. Although omitting Carl Djerassi, one of the pill's principal developers, is a major oversight, this is an excellent book for those interested in the historical and social aspects of birth control. While Contraceptive Technology (Ardent Media, 1998) has more in-depth clinical information and Our Bodies, Ourselves (Peter Smith Pub., 1998. reprint) addresses women's political issues, this work offers greater background on contraception policies in other countries, international agencies involved in population control, and trends in current population research. Highly recommended for all collections.DBarbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Some 200 alphabetical entries cover the facts, people, and issues surrounding the complex and often controversial topic of birth control. Coverage is broad in scope. Basic reproductive biology, birth control methods, biographies of significant individuals such as Margaret Sanger and John Charles Rock, important laws and legal cases, and medical, cultural, and religious issues are treated.
Information is presented in an objective manner and includes conflicting positions. These appear primarily in articles on specific cultures and religion (e.g., Philippines, Islam). Articles on individual countries discuss the cultural, religious, and economic reasons for the acceptance or nonacceptance of birth control and the impact this has on the economy and development of the country. Religious beliefs on the use of birth control are clearly delineated in a respectful manner.
All methods of birth control are treated, including those used in the past and some that are currently being developed, such as transdermal patches. There are overview articles on the male and female reproductive systems and entries for specific topics related to these articles. Articles are cross-referenced. A subject index and a bibliography follow the entries. The guide to selected topics organizes entries under subject headings, allowing efficient access to areas of interest.
The intended audience for the encyclopedia is the consumer and student. It will be most useful in public, academic, or professional libraries supporting health curricula. RBB
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