in Reproduction
INTRODUCTIONThis is the Fifth Oliver Bird Lecture and it is appropriate, therefore, to attempt a rather more general survey than has been the case with the earlier lectures. The Oliver Bird Lecture and the Oliver Bird Prize were instituted to review and stimulate work bearing on the control of conception in man. Such review and stimulation was badly needed. Four years ago, when the Oliver Bird Trust came into being, no organized clinical trials of contraceptive methods were going on in this country, and those working on the physiology of reproduction were giving little thought to possible applications of their work to the control of human fertility. Yet, on a global scale, the need for such control by simple and effective methods was becoming more urgent every year.In many countries, population is increasing at an unprecedented rate and, what is more, at an accelerating rate. This increase

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