Medicine: The Pills

Whether the American woman was seeking motherhood or trying to avoid it, she was subjected last week to nerve-racking reports about drugs she might be taking:

FOR CONTRACEPTION. The million or so women who have been using the new pills to avoid conception were victims of frightening reports from Britain and Norway. Several women in the U.S. and Britain have suffered from thrombophlebitis while taking norethynodrel,*and a few have died, said the British Medical Journal. In Norway, health authorities read the British report and hastily yanked the drug off the market.

Fact is, each year one out of every thousand women under...

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