Medicine: Cutting the Lifeline

An increasing number of men in the prime of life are approaching doctors with nervous requests for "that operation." They want to be sterilized by a vasectomy or vasoligation—cutting and tying off the sperm-carrying tube (vas deferens) on each side in the scrotum.

Before World War II, this operation for sterilization was rare indeed, except under state auspices for sterilization of the insane. It has now become much commoner. There has been no detectable increase in New England or the Southeast, but some big cities of the middle Atlantic seaboard report a moderate increase. In some smaller Midwestern cities and the border...

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