A Good Man -Gregory Pincus and the Development of Oral Contraception


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Presented by
Leon Speroff, M.D., Oregon Health and Science University

Needs Assessment and Description
Most clinicians are unaware of the history of oral contraception. The story of the birth control pill provides an appreciation for the enormous personal and social impact of this achievement, and an understanding of the early efforts of hormonal contraceptive research in the political and social climate of the time.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees should be able to:

  1. Summarize the contribution of Gregory Pincus to the development of oral contraception.
  2. Relate the importance of producing and testing synthetic progestational drugs.
  3. Relate the contributions of the entire development team: Katharine McCormick, John Rock, and Celso-Ramon Garcia.
  4. Describe the political conflicts surrounding the development of the oral contraceptive.

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