Encyclopedia Of Birth Control

Encyclopedia Of Birth Control

by Marian Engel
     
 

The sociological, medical, and historical aspects of birth control in the twentieth century have been compiled in this unique, easy-to-use, and comprehensive resource. Objectively written and international in scope, this encyclopedia covers a variety of topics: biology and anatomy, birth control methods and devices, influential people and organizations, issues

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The sociological, medical, and historical aspects of birth control in the twentieth century have been compiled in this unique, easy-to-use, and comprehensive resource. Objectively written and international in scope, this encyclopedia covers a variety of topics: biology and anatomy, birth control methods and devices, influential people and organizations, issues and debates, religious perspectives, legal issues, perspectives from other countries. The Encyclopedia is an excellent source for students and other researchers, educators, health care professionals, and perennially high-interest topic. For students, expecially, the book will be invaluable for reports and term papers, speeches, and debates. The Encyclopedia contains more than 200 entries, a bibliography, and more than 50 photographs and charts. Entries end with a list of sources for further reading. Entries include

•Abortion

•Abstience

•Biological Methods of Contraception

•Anthony Comstock

•Dalkon Shield

•Mary Ware Dennett

•Depo-Provera

•Family Planning

•Gynecology

•Infanticide

•International Planned Parenthood Federation

•Aletta Jacobs

•Judaism

•Male Contraceptives

•Menopause

•Norplant

•Oral Contraceptives

•Gregory Pincus

•Population Growth

•Poverty

•Reproductive Rights

•John Rock

•Roe v. Wade

•Roman Catholic Church

•Margaret Higgins Sanger

•Sex Education

•Sexually Transmitted Diseases

•Tubel Sterilization

•United Nations fund for Population Activities

•World Health Organization

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
These two fine encyclopedias, edited by Marian Rengel and Vern L. Bullough, cover a broad range of topics relating to reproduction. Both focus on birth control, and both explore the issue in historical and sociological contexts. There is naturally much common ground in presenting the different methods of birth control, pioneers in both medical and social fields, and the mechanics of reproduction. Far more fascinating than the information shared by the two books, however, are the surprise entries that give each volume a unique identity. Bullough's book has fewer entries, but each is a delight to read. Bullough states in his introduction that the book is designed for the average reader, and accordingly, the style is friendly and informative. He has a sense for topics of interest to curious readers—world records, historical misconceptions about pregnancy, and various religious practices. Bullough includes an alphabetical listing of entries at the beginning of the book because the arrangement of information is not always obvious or predictable. Rengel's encyclopedia feels more like a traditional reference book. The writing style leans further toward the clinical than Bullough's, and more entries are covered in virtually the same amount of space. The "Guide to Selected Topics" at the beginning of the book is organized beautifully. Rengel includes entries such as "Insurance Coverage" (for contraceptives) and "Female Genital Mutilation." Libraries that need to choose between the two volumes for purchase should think about the needs of their patrons. For easier reading combined with interesting expositions, consider Bullough's book. For superior organization, technical knowledge, and moreentries to access information, look to Rengel. Both volumes work well for young adults' research and personal needs. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Biblio. Further Reading. 2000, Oryx, 312p. PLB $55. Ages 15 to Adult. Reviewer: Diane Masla SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
Library Journal
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.--Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Presents some 200 entries on issues surrounding birth control, for students and general readers. Explains social issues as well as basic reproductive biology and birth control methods and devices, and profiles prominent figures and organizations in the birth control movement. Also discusses specific countries and their problems with birth control and overpopulation, and pivotal court cases. Includes charts of data for birth control use and population growth around the world, as well as statistics on abortion, methods used, and infant mortality. Rengel is a researcher and journalist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573562553
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/26/2000
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

MARIAN RENGEL is currently a journalist for the St. Cloud Times, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. /e In the past, she has been a university instructor and a news editor. She has earned degrees in both mass communications and English.

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