Medicine: Questions on Vasectomy

After the birth of their third child, Richard Kaufman, 31, and his wife Libby agreed that they wanted no more children. They also decided that chemical and mechanical means of contraception were unsuitable for them. So two weeks ago, Kaufman reported to the Margaret Sanger Research Bureau in Manhattan for a vasectomy, the male sterilization procedure that is becoming one of the most popular forms of birth control in the U.S.

In 1960 an estimated 40,000 Americans underwent the operation; now the number is approaching 1,000,000 a year. Vasectomy is being performed at...

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