Moscow: Gos. meditsinskoe izdatel’stvo, 1931. Item #1607
111 pp., 4 ills. 21x15 cm. In original printed wrappers. Small fragments of spine lost, otherwise very good and clean.
One of 3050 copies. An early Soviet periodical ‘New Data on Contraceptive Methods’ came out in 1927-1931, covering every time one another method that was known at that time: coitus interruptus, spermatoxins, vaginal douching, subcutaneous injection of spermatozoa, etc., as well as embryo pathology caused by an ineffective yet destructive approach.
The edition was published by the Central Commission for the Study of Contraceptives formed in the 1920s. The 11th issue provided proceedings of a conference the Commission held on October 31–November 1, 1929. It hosted about 300 gynecologists, including speakers from Moscow, Leningrad, Kharkiv, Odessa and Minsk. The conference was dedicated to vaginal douching with iodine as a contraceptive option.
According to the first speech by professor Konstantin Skrobanskii (1876-1946), at the turn of the century vaginal douching with iodine found supporters among Russian gynecologists only. In 1898, professor G. Lebedev published a dissertation about such douching as a remedy for inflammation inside the uterus – Tomsk professor I. Grammatikati was known for the same practice. Over time, physicians’ interest in vaginal douching with iodine decreased, but obstetricians spread it as a contraceptive method. Skrobanskii reported that in the 1920s clinics turned it into a regular practice and one obstetrician had up to 30 appointments per day. No scientific work has confirmed the effectiveness and safety of this method until 1927 when professor Mavvei Mironov declared about this contraceptive option in the magazine ‘Vrachebnoe delo’ [Medicine]. Some Leningrad gynecologists referred to this article while performing in court.
Overall all speakers of the conference criticized Mironov (he attended as well) for using vaginal douching with iodine as a contraceptive method. This practice, they were saying, might be cautiously applied as a remedy for some intrauterine diseases, but it frequently had an aftermath. As a result of the conference, vaginal douching with iodine was officially rejected by the Central Commission for the Study of Contraceptives.
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