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- Chapter - 1: A Winter Night
- Chapter - 2: A Short History of Sex
- Chapter - 3: Spontaneous Ovulations
- Chapter - 4: A Go-To-Hell Look
- Chapter - 5: Lover and Fighter
- Chapter - 6: Rabbit Tests
- Chapter - 7: 'I'm A Sexologist'
- Chapter - 8: The Socialite and the Sex Maniac
- Chapter - 9: A Shotgun Question
- Chapter - 10: Rock's Rebound
- Chapter - 11: What Makes a Rooster Crow?
- Chapter - 12: A Test in Disguise
- Chapter - 12: Cabeza de Negro
- Chapter - 14: The Road to Shrewsbury
- Chapter - 15: 'Weary and Depressed'
- Chapter - 16: The Trouble with Women
- Chapter - 17: A San Juan Weekend
- Chapter - 18: The Women of the Asylum
- Chapter - 19: John Rock's Hard Place
- Chapter - 20: As Easy as Aspirin
- Chapter - 21: A Deadline to Meet
- Chapter - 22: 'The Miracle Tablet Maybe'
- Chapter - 23: Hope to the Hopeless
- Chapter - 24: Trials
- Chapter - 25: 'Papa Pincus's Pink Pills for Planned Parenthood'
- Chapter - 26: Jack Searle's Big Bet
- Chapter - 27: The Birth of the Pill
- Chapter - 28: 'Believed to Have Magical Powers'
- Chapter - 29: The Double Effect
- Chapter - 30: La Senora de las Pastillas
- Chapter - 31: An Unlikely Pitch Man
- Chapter - 32: 'A Whole New Bag of Beans'
- Chapter - 33: The Climax
- Section - i: Epilogue
- Acknowledgements - ii: Acknowledgements
- Section - iii: Notes
- Section - iv: Selected Bibliography
- Index - v: Index
In the winter of 1950, Margaret Sanger, then seventy-one, and who had campaigned for women's right to control their own fertility for five decades, arrived at a Park Avenue apartment building. She had come to meet a visionary scientist with a dubious reputation more than twenty years her junior. His name was Gregory Pincus.
In The Birth of the Pill, Jonathan Eig tells the extraordinary story of how, prompted by Sanger, and then funded by the wealthy widow and philanthropist Katharine McCormick, Pincus invented a drug that would stop women ovulating. With the support of John Rock, a charismatic and, crucially, Catholic doctor from Boston, who battled his own church in the effort to win public approval for the controversial new drug, he succeeded. Together, these four determined men and women changed the world.Spanning the years from Sanger's heady Greenwich Village days in the early twentieth century to trial tests in Puerto Rico in the 1950s to the cusp of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, this is a grand story of radical feminism, scientific ingenuity, establishment opposition, and, ultimately, a sea change in social attitudes. Brilliantly researched and vividly written, The Birth of the Pill is a gripping account of a remarkable cultural, social and scientific journey
The story of the extraordinary characters behind the invention of the contraceptive Pill