A Survey of Human Reproduction, Infertility Therapy, Fertility Control and Ethical Consequences

  • Fritz K. Beller
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 22)


Modern development in reproductive medicine started with fertility control. The introduction of ‘the pill’ by Pincus and Rock in 1958 stimulated research in this area in both human and animal species. However, it is felt by many that biologic reproductive technology has reached uncontrollability. The situation has been compared to a similar development of the atomic bomb some decades ago. This essay is a brief review of reproductive biology, infertility, contraception, and selected related ethical issues.


Fallopian Tube Corpus Luteum Human Reproduction Fertility Control Cervical Canal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fritz K. Beller
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  1. 1.Der Universitäts-FrauenklinikMünsterWest Germany

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