The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

Jonathan Eig


A Chicago Tribune "Best Books of 2014" • A Slate "Best Books 2014: employees selections" • A St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Best Books of 2014"
The interesting tale of 1 of crucial medical discoveries of the 20 th century.

We comprehend it easily as "the pill," but its genesis was once something yet uncomplicated. Jonathan Eig's masterful narrative revolves round 4 crucial characters: the fiery feminist Margaret Sanger, who was once a champion of contraception in her crusade for the rights of ladies yet ignored her personal kids in pursuit of loose love; the attractive Katharine McCormick, who owed her fortune to her prosperous husband, the son of the founding father of foreign Harvester and a schizophrenic; the visionary scientist Gregory Pincus, who was once pushed aside by way of Harvard within the Thirties due to his experimentation with in vitro fertilization yet who, after he was once approached by means of Sanger and McCormick, grew captivated with the belief of inventing a drug that can cease ovulation; and the telegenic John Rock, a Catholic health care professional from Boston who battled his personal church to turn into an vastly potent recommend within the attempt to win public popularity of the drug that may be advertised through Searle as Enovid.

Spanning the years from Sanger’s heady Greenwich Village days within the early 20th century to trial checks in Puerto Rico within the Fifties to the cusp of the sexual revolution within the Nineteen Sixties, it is a grand tale of radical feminist politics, clinical ingenuity, institution competition, and, finally, a sea switch in social attitudes. Brilliantly researched and promptly written, The beginning of the Pill is gripping social, cultural, and medical history.

eight pages of illustrations

Show sample text content

Download sample