Medicine: The Pill on Trial

Few subjects are more likely to attract widespread TV and press coverage than an investigation of the dangers of the Pill, now used by 9,000,000 women in the U.S. alone. In full awareness of that fact, Wisconsin's Senator Gaylord Nelson used his monopoly subcommittee last week to conduct a highly publicized investigation of the oral contraceptive that at times seemed more like a trial than an empirical examination of the available medical evidence.

The subcommittee's announced intent, according to Nelson, was to "explore the question whether users of birth control pills are being...

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