Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1931. First edition. Original green publisher's cloth binding with gilt to spine. With the exception of faint offsetting from jacket to the preliminaries, a pristine, square copy. Unclipped dust jacket has minor paper loss to corners, some small chips and wrinkles to spine edges and rear panel, and a 2.75" closed snag to the rear panel. The only copy currently on the market in the scarce jacket, The Practice of Contraception does not appear in the modern auction record. A rare and important collaboration on contraception, released in the time of constraining U.S. Comstock Laws.
Sanger and Stone's collaboration began a decade prior, when both women met at the first American Birth Control Conference of 1921. Women's reproductive health and rights were of critical importance to both women, and in 1925, Stone formally joined Sanger as a head physician for the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau. In the face of U.S. Comstock Laws, which banned the distribution of contraceptives or reproductive health information, the two women worked to promote women's knowledge of birth control and keep detailed records on contraceptive use and success rates among clinic patients. The International Symposium of 1931 was an extension of this work. Organized and hosted in Zurich by Sanger, the conference gathered scientists, clinicians, and doctors to share information on medical advances in the field rather than focusing on political questions surrounding contraception. Among key findings were more accurate rhythm calendars based on women's monthly cycles, the development of intrauterine devices, improvements in diaphragm designs, and new tests being performed on chemical methods of birth control. In their published Survey, Sanger and Stone brought this information together to provide American readers with an accurate overview of the Symposium's findings and to encourage continued work in the field. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2711)