Medicine: Unfertility Rites

Readers of the famed "Agony" (personal) column in the Times of London had never before seen anything quite like this: "Social consciences wanted. The improvement of contraceptive methods is a vital social problem . . . New methods can only be proved by couples willing to risk pregnancy. We urgently want volunteers for our trials."

The ad was placed fortnight ago by Dr. Henry Beric Wright, 40, medical secretary of the Council for the Investigation of Fertility Control. A surgeon worried about the world's exploding population, Wright learned his concern at the knee of his family-planning mother, Helena Wright, who has urged...

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