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The Stork and the Syringe

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Talking about Infertility. 2. Norms and Deviations. 3. Images of Sterility. 4. Politics, Health and Sterility. 5. A Crutch in the Crotch. 6. Bank Accounts and Babies. Notes.

About the Author

Naomi Pfeffer writes about history and social policy. She has a long-standing interest in women's experience of infertility and the politics of reproductive medicine, and has written extensively on the subject. She was the co-author of The Experience of Infertility, written with Anne Woollett.


a Is a highly readable book, appealing to the general reader and essential for specialists in reproductive history.a Open Letters Bookclub a The Stork and the Syringe is an important contribution to the sociological and historical literature on women and reproduction.a Canadian Womena s Studies a Pfeffera s book is not only timely and invaluable for the current debates on the morality and efficacy of reproductive technology, but also provides a stimulating and provocative account for anyone interested in the wider history of the interaction between medicine, economics, politics and gender.a Medical History a Pfeffera s work greatly informs this debate. It shows how we have progressed beyond believing that women are under an obligation to have babies. It raises the question of whether we believe that they have the right, irrespective of costs, and despite any ethical and legal objections, to have them.a British Medical Journal a ... She offers much food for serious thought not least about the distortions and inequity in the poor NHS provision of infertility treatments ...a Multiple Births Foundation Newsletter a Uncovering some of the myths that have grown up around infertility is an important task lucidly and interestingly carried out by Naomi Pfeffer. Throughout this thoroughly annotated, but readable, account Pfeffer considers not only the attitudes of the medical profession, but also those of the political and religious establishments, and the financial implications.a Bulletin of Medical Ethics

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