In this work the eminent Dutch physician offers for the intelligent layman as well as for doctors, psychologists, teachers and social workers a guide to the causes and effects of fertility and sterility.
This book is the third and last volume in Dr Theodoor Hendrik van de Velde’s trilogy on the problems of marriage and this book completes his internationally authoritative work on eugenics and volitional sex behavior. Following his other book Ideal Marriage and Sexual Tensions in Marriage, this book considers such problems as sexual abstinence and excess, family limitation, the achievement of desired pregnancy, the causes and consequences, physically and emotionally, and sterility in women and impotence in men, artificial insemination, and the delicate personal and social aspects of undesired conception.
Scientific in its approach and simple in its presentation, this book is for doctors and laymen. It offers information that contributes to a healthier understanding of voluntary and planned conception and helps safeguard happiness in marriage.
Table of Contents
Part I: Ethical Postulates and Principles I. Introduction. The Ethical and Theological Aspects, The Standpoint of This Study II. Family Limitation in its National, International and Racial Aspects III. The Individual Aspect of Fertility and Sterility in Marriage Part II: The Achievement of Desired Pregnancy IV. The Physiology of Reproduction V. The General and Coital Promotion of Pregnancy VI. Sterility in Women – Significance, Causes and Mechanism VII. Sterility in Women – Its Prevention and Treatment VIII. Sterility in Women – Treatment by Surgery IX. Impotence in Men - Significance, Mechanism and Psychic Factors X. Impotence in Men - Physical Causes, Treatment XI. Artificial Fertilization, or Insemination Part III: The Prevention of Undesired Conception XII. Introductory "Conception" and "Pregnancy" – "Asepsis" Against Sperms XIII. Thwarting the Conception by Special Technique of Sexual Intercourse XIV. Permanent Surgical Sterilization XV. Temporary Surgical Sterilization XVI. Temporary Sterilization Through Biochemical Methods XVII. Sterilization by Radiotherapy XVIII. Recpaitulation and Conclusion. Author’s View of the Problem of Artificial Termination of Pregnancy
Theodoor Hendrik van de Velde (12 February 1873, Leeuwarden – 27 April 1937 near Locarno in a plane crash) was a Dutch physician and gynaecologist who served as director at the Gynaecological Institute in Haarlem. His 1926 book Het volkomen huwelijk (The Perfect Marriage) made him an instant international celebrity. The English translation, Ideal Marriage: Its Physiology and Technique was the best-known work on its subject for several decades, and was reprinted 46 times in the original edition, selling well over a half-million copies.