Medicine: Proselytizers for Prophylactics

Even though at least 7,000,000 American women now use contraceptive pills, which are 99% effective, millions more seem to be poorly informed about birth control. An estimated one-third of U.S. children are products of unplanned pregnancies; 21% of all first babies are conceived before marriage, and 10% of all births are illegitimate. To cope with this phenomenon, two crusaders have started a campaign to regain popularity for the old-fashioned condom.

The crusaders are Philip Harvey, former deputy director of CARE for India, and Dr. T.R.L. Black, a British internist. Operating out of a second-floor office over a bank in Chapel Hill, N.C.,...

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