Against the Grain

How Revolutionary Was the Pill?

The birth control pill has been called revolutionary; it’s been associated with a revolution in contraception, with the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and with what’s called the therapeutic revolution of the mid-20th century. Elizabeth Watkins discusses the pill’s development and impact in the arenas of medical practice, women’s liberation, popular perception, and pharmaceutical marketing.

Greene, Condrau, and Watkins, eds., Therapeutic Revolutions: Pharmaceuticals and Social Change in the Twentieth Century University of Chicago Press, 2016

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