Human Fertility and Population Problems: Proceedings of the Seminar Sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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POSSIBLE EASY METHODS OF THE FUTURE

JOHN ROCK

Clinical Professor of Gynecology, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School; Director, Rock Reproductive Clinic, Inc.

IT MAY have seemed that we couldn't bring the two sexes together, but I don't know what the problem is if they don't get together and so in spite of the views presented by Dr. Ansley Coale, I think there still is a problem. I take the title of this talk rather seriously. We speak about frontiers. The last two speakers spoke from the frontier; I'm behind the frontier, and I would place all of you at the frontier. I hope that your active and inventive minds can take all these various little things that I mention over the frontier and into the front line.

As there is need to reduce the birth rates, the growth rates (I assume you agree to that), many methods are necessary. There must be ways which will find acceptability to peoples of all colors, creeds, kinds, religions and for all mores, economic setups, domestic set-ups and so forth. I would suggest that the anthropological sociologists, the social anthropologists, or whatever you call them, have taught us in cross-cultural studies that any couple, however devoted, is nor only well able to refrain from coitus for a few days but actually does on many more than a few days. And another "if" -- Dr. Coale hasn't a patent on

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