Sex in the laboratory: the Family Planning Association and contraceptive science in Britain, 1929–1959

  title={Sex in the laboratory: the Family Planning Association and contraceptive science in Britain, 1929–1959},
  author={Natasha Lee Szuhan},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={487 - 510}
  • N. Szuhan
  • Published 28 June 2018
  • Medicine
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract Scientific and medical contraceptive standards are commonly believed to have begun with the advent of the oral contraceptive pill in the late 1950s. This article explains that in Britain contraceptive standards were imagined and implemented at least two decades earlier by the Family Planning Association, which sought to legitimize contraceptive methods, practice and provision through the foundation of the field of contraceptive science. This article charts the origins of the field… 
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