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I got rhythm: Gershwin and birth control in the 1930s.
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PMID:  15036926     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Gershwin's song 'I Got Rhythm' serves here as a backdrop representing the social context of the inter-war years. On center stage is a particular aspect of the history of birth control--the application of a new theory of ovulation to contraception. Starting in 1928, a series of experiments revealed a biochemical rhythm in the female reproductive cycle, which contradicted the widespread idea that ovulation and pregnancy could occur at any time. This discovery was applied to a new contraceptive method, the rhythm method, which enjoyed significant popularity during the 1930s, especially among Catholics. For a short period, women could join Ethel Merman in the refrain 'I got rhythm, I got my man, who could ask for anything more?' But the rhythm method has not lived to its promise, and the play goes on em leader
Paula Viterbo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Endeavour     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0160-9327     ISO Abbreviation:  Endeavour     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-23     Completed Date:  2004-04-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375037     Medline TA:  Endeavour     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  30-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
History Department, Bryn Mawr College, 101 North Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Contraception / history
Drama / history
Family Planning Services / history*
Famous Persons
History, 20th Century
Music / history*
Natural Family Planning Methods / history*
Ovulation Detection / history*
United States
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
George Gershwin

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