‘Such mental suffering and such misery’

Here is the link to my contribution to the Perceptions of Pregnancy blog. It is the prelude to a longer chapter I am contributing to a forthcoming interdisciplinary collection on infertility.

The chapter itself examines the effects of venereal diseases upon male and female fertility in the decades before World War One, focusing upon differential diagnosis and available treatment regimes. I also draw upon wider social and pseudo-scientific debates by situating the medical discourse on venereal diseases-induced infertility within discussions over racial health, degeneration, and national efficiency.

I hope this whets your appetite for the longer chapter and what looks to be a fantastic edited collection!


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