This Man's Pill: Reflections on the 50th Birthday of the Pill by Carl DjerassiThis Man's Pill: Reflections on the 50th Birthday of the Pill by Carl Djerassi

This Man's Pill: Reflections on the 50th Birthday of the Pill

byCarl Djerassi

Paperback | July 22, 2004

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October 15, 1951 marks the birthday of one of the key episodes in 20th century social history: the first synthesis of a steroid oral contraceptive in a small laboratory in Mexico City - an event that triggered the development of the Pill. Carl Djerassihas been honoured worldwide for that accomplishment, which ultimately changed the life of women and the nature of human reproduction in ways that were not foreseeable. On the 50th anniversary of this pivotal event, Djerassi weaves a compelling personalnarrative full of self-reflection and occasional humour on the impact this invention has had on the world at large and on him personally. He credits the Pill with radically altering his academic career at Stanford University to become one of the few American chemists writing novels and plays. This Man's Pill presents a forcefully revisionist account of the early history of the Pill, debunking many of the journalistic and romantic accounts of its scientific origin. Djerassi does not shrinkfrom exploring why we have no Pill for men or why Japan only approved the Pill in 1999 (together with Viagra). Emphasizing that development of the Pill occurred during the post-War period of technological euphoria, he believes that it could not be repeatedin today's climate. Would the sexual revolution of the 1960s or the impending separation of sex ("in bed") and fertilization ("under the microscope") still have happened? This Man's Pill answers such questions while providing a uniquely authoritative account of a discovery that changed the world.
Carl Djerassi, professor of chemistry at Stanford University, is one of the few American scientists to have been awarded both the National Medal of Science (for the first synthesis of a steroid oral contraceptive - "the Pill") and the National Medal of Technology (for promoting new approache...
Title:This Man's Pill: Reflections on the 50th Birthday of the PillFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.74 inPublished:July 22, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198606958

ISBN - 13:9780198606956

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Table of Contents

1. An exaltation of thirty: Murasaki and company2. Genealogy and birth of the pill3. Bitter pills4. The view from Tokyo5. Sex and Immortality6. From the pill to the PC7. Science-in-fiction is not science fiction. Is it autobiography?8. Behind the scrim of fiction9. The softer chemist10. The pill and Paul Klee11. Science on stage12. What if?

Editorial Reviews

`To a degree almost totally foreign to scientists, Carl Djerassi has put himself and his science under the microscope. In the process, he ranges far afield from the social implications of this monumental synthesis of the birth control "Pill" to his most recent excursions into the expressionof science in literature, with poetry, fiction and the drama as his media. Join this voyeuristic feast.'Joshua Lederberg, Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1958