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An epic untold true story at the intersection of WWII and the history of reproductive freedom - as the inventor of a controversial form of contraception struggles to escape Nazi Germany.

Dr. Ernst Gräfenberg was among the most sought-after gynecologists in pre-World War II Germany. The creator of the first IUD, known as the Gräfenberg ring, he was posthumously credited with identifying the eponymous "Gräfenberg spot" or G-spot. He was also a Jew in Nazi Germany, and by 1938 he had been stripped of his practice, his possessions, and his freedom and was languishing in a Nazi prison. After being allegedly ransomed from confinement by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, Gräfenberg fled to America, where he eventually became the only male doctor at Sanger’s birth control clinic.

In this bracing essay, Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow rescues from near obscurity the pioneering inventor of a contraceptive device that unleashed decades of controversy. And as we see efforts to roll back reproductive rights, it is also a cautionary tale as relevant today as it was nearly a century ago.

©2020 Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Etoile NEOhio
  • 16-11-2020

Well written and well researched

Dr. Ernst Gräfenberg, currently best known for his work on researching what we now call "The G-Spot", was the most well regarded gynecologist in Germany between the wars. In most of Europe, unlike in the U.S., human sexuality was not a verboten topic. Doctors all over Europe specialized in helping women with family planning and disease prevention. This well written and well narrated lengthy essay tells the story of one of the preeminent physicians working in this field. The essay also touches on the 1920s Berliner views toward sex positive culture, eugenics, and a host of other topics related to human sexuality and women's reproductive health and sexuality satisfaction.
Fascinating and highly recommended.

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  • Geoff Ridenhour
  • 11-08-2020

Informative

The short story format was fitting to the subject. This story was full of information on the history and invention process of the IUD. The author gives the reader a full view of the subject matter and all the surrounded it and its inventor.

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  • R. Waldon
  • 27-05-2020

Fascinating little read!

This was a totally engrossing and thoroughly informative story. The perfect length, perfect performance as well.

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  • Chief
  • 13-05-2020

Quick read

An interesting and informative read. Not normally something I would pickup. You can never be sure where your next bit of knowledge will come from.

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  • Dani
  • 24-04-2020

Fascinating!

A quick and enjoyable, short piece. I listened to the whole thing straight through, I was absolutely fascinated.

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  • Shanna Rae
  • 18-04-2020

Intriguing Research

There is so much more information delivered than the title leads you to anticipate. I have a whole new appreciation for my birth control now that I know the path forged to get here. I also got another side to Holocaust studies that I was not aware of prior.

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