Fertility Regulation and the Public Health

Selected Papers of Christopher Tietze

  • Sarah L. Tietze
  • Richard Lincoln

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Observations on Contraceptive Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sheldon J. Segal
      Pages 3-4
    3. IUDs—History and Current Status

    4. Other Methods of Contraception

    5. Measures of Contraceptive Effectiveness

  3. Impact of Abortion on Public Health and Population

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. David A. Grimes
      Pages 137-138
    3. Sara L. Tietze, Richard Lincoln
      Pages 139-141
    4. Sara L. Tietze, Richard Lincoln
      Pages 142-145
    5. Carol J. Rowland Hogue, Willard Cates Jr.
      Pages 146-170

About this book


A lifetime of work by a dedicated scientist who monitored the growing variety of methods for the control of human fertility and foresaw the need for information on the social, psychological, economic, and political aspects of fertility regulation and the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and births is reflected in the pages of this book. It also chronicles a series of related revolutions: (1) major changes in attitudes to the voluntary control of human fertility, (2) growing freedom of discussion outside the medical community relating to human reproduction, and (3) recognition that gov­ ernments have an appropriate role to play in programs involving these matters. As a result, official information systems have been established to guide the evaluation of programs and determine if and when changes in policy might be needed. Christopher Tietze, from whose writings the articles in this volume were selected, was a central figure in these developments. He was a physician whose major focus was social statistics. In effect, he became the scorekeeper of the world's efforts to avoid unwanted childbearing. He enlisted an ever-growing network of collaborators and prevailed on them to apply new tools to new issues.


Public Health assessment birth child complications contraception efficiency fertility human rights mortality pregnancy regulation reproduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah L. Tietze
    • 1
  • Richard Lincoln
    • 2
  1. 1.New YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Alan Guttmacher InstituteNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-4702-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9121-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4702-9
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