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2007 Edition, July 30, 2007

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ISBN: 978-0-203-08975-0 * NO LONGER AVAILABLE
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  • Revision: 2007 Edition, July 30, 2007
  • Published Date: July 30, 2007
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  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 170
  • ANSI Approved: No
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Born and reared in Burundi and Rwanda, countries whose recurrent agonies are in significant measure related to excessive population growth, I maintain that:

Human needs along with those of all other species with which we share the Natural World will never be sustainably met on a finite planet without more concerned, non-coercive, action on human numbers.

No woman on earth who at time present wishes to exercise her human right to have control of her fertility should be denied the means to do so, by barriers produced by any agency – whether through her partner's refusal, her society's pro-natalism, misinformation (sometimes deliberate), or lack of available, affordable and accessible contraceptive supplies and services.

In their life-time, every new birth in the UK will, through the inevitable effluence of his or her affluence as a consumer, harm the environment – by climate change and in numerous other ways – as much as 30, or on some criteria 200, births in Burundi or Bangladesh will ever do. We all have a part to play in ensuring that our grandchildren receive back their ‘loan' in a halfway decent and long-term sustainable state (see www.ecotimecapsule.com). As a small but relevant contribution to that endeavour, I welcome this opportunity to bring a new edition of this pocketbook on contraception to general practioners and nurses in Primary Care.

I write, moreover, as one who is proud to have worked in general practice, as a locum in places as diverse as Barnsley, Cambridge, Luton and South London, and hence able to appreciate some of the satisfactions and the constraints on that role