Infertility in the Modern World: Present and Future Prospects / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 96%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $6.17   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   


As we enter the twenty-first century, a number of medical, environmental, and social changes have profoundly affected human reproduction. This book discusses some of the more dramatic changes in an accessible manner, illustrating the ways in which human biology and culture can affect fertility. It provides a unique interdisciplinary perspective on the subject. Topics of discussion include medical technological advances that equip us with potential cures for many causes of infertility; diseases, such as AIDS, that have a devastating impact on the reproductive and social lives of humans; increasing industrialization and the development of fabricated materials that pollute our environment in unforeseen ways with possibly devastating effects on human health and fertility; and social revolutions that profoundly alter human relationships, such as nonmarital unions between heterosexual couples, same-sex relationships, and adoption and surrogacy.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The chapters included within this text are soundly written and well-articulated." Archives of Sexual Behavior

"Infertility garners much attention acros disciplinary lines because the condition implicates behavioral, sociocultural, political, economic, psychological, physiological, and ecological domains of human experience. Infertility in the Modern World is a useful addition to this literature... I would recommend the book to social and biological scientists interested in infertility." Elaine M. Drew, American Journal of Human Biology

"This well-written volume presents some extremely useful information for infertility specialists, including, most beneficially, a number of careful and up-to-date reviews of existing data. All in all, the volume is a testament to the complexity and persistence of human reproduction 'gone awry,' as well as to the considerable hope that lies ahead in solving this fundamental human problem." LUCE Press Clippings

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521643870
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Series: Biosocial Society Symposium Series, #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction G. R. Bentley and C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor; Part I. Biomedical Perspectives on Fertility: 2. Reproductive possibilities for infertile couples: present and future S. Fishel, K. Dowell and S. Thornton; 3. Genetic influences on human infertility A. H. Bittles and P. L. Matson; Part II. Environmental Influences on Fertility: 4. Environmental pollutants and fertility G. R. Bentley; 5. From STD epidemics to AIDS: a socio-demographic and epidemiologic perspective on Sub-Saharan Africa J. C. Caldwell and P. Caldwell; Part III. Social Perspectives on Infertility: 6. Voluntary childlessness: trends and implications F. McAllister and L. Clarke; 7. Sexual orientation and fertility C. J. Patterson and L. V. Friel.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)