Medicine: Early Crusader

The marriage was ill-starred and the ioman Catholic wife, the former Marie Carmichael Stopes, eventually got an annulment. From years of married frustration (the church recognized her as virgo intacta), the 38-year-old doctor of science, authority on paleobotany (fossils) ind coal, drew the inspiration for a tract on what the marriage bed should be. Its title: Married Love.

Though it was clear that some of he rhapsodic writing in Married Love temmed from the author's fantasies, it ,lso contained a lot of down-to-earth ommon sense. The marriage bed, its uthor proclaimed, was for pleasure as veil as procreation. The wife can and...