Edward Bliss Foote

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Edward Bliss Foote
Edward Bliss Foote.jpg
Nationality American
Occupation Author
Known for Free Speech League

Edward Bliss Foote (20 February 1829 – 5 October 1906[1]) was an American doctor, author, and advocate for birth control.[2][3][4] In 1858, Foote published Medical Common Sense, which contained frank discussion of sexual health for the general public.[5] He was subsequently convicted under the Comstock Act and forced to remove information about birth control from the book.[5] He was a co-founder of the Free Speech League.

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Plain home talk about the human system, 1896.
  • Medical Common Sense: Applied to the Causes, Prevention and Cure of Chronic Diseases and Unhappiness in Marriage (1864)
  • Science in story : Sammy Tubbs, the boy doctor, and "Sponsie," the troublesome monkey (1874)
  • Plain Home Talk, Embracing Medical Common Sense (1880)
  • A Fable of the spider and the bees : verified by the facts and press and pulpit comments which should command the serious attention of every American citizen (1881)
  • Dr. Foote's replies to the Alphites : giving some cogent reasons for believing that sexual continence is not conducive to health (1883)
  • The radical remedy in social science, or, Borning better babies through regulating reproduction by controlling conception : an earnest essay on pressing problems (1886)
  • Dr. Foote's Hand-Book of Health-Hints and Ready Recipes (1888)
  • Dr. Foote's Sexual physiology for the young (1892)
  • Dr. Foote's new book on health and disease : with recipes, including sexology (1903)
  • Dr. Foote's new plain home talk on love, marriage, and parentage. A fair and earnest discussion of human, social, and marital relations (1904)
  • Dr. Foote's home cyclopedia of popular medical, social and sexual science : embracing his new book on health and disease ... also embracing Plain home talk, on love, marriage, and parentage ... (1906)


  1. ^ "Died". The New York Times. October 6, 1906. 
  2. ^ Cirillo VJ. (1973) Edward Bliss Foote: pioneer American advocate of birth control. Bull Hist Med. 1973 Sep-Oct;47(5):471-9.
  3. ^ Foote, Edward Bliss. American national biography. v. 8 (1999)
  4. ^ Wood, Janice Ruth (2008) The struggle for free speech in the United States, 1872-1915 : Edward Bliss Foote, Edward Bond Foote, and anti-Comstock operations, Routledge
  5. ^ a b Rabban DM (1992). "The Free Speech League, the ACLU, and Changing Conceptions of Free Speech in American History". Stanford Law Review. 45 (1): 67–68. doi:10.2307/1228985. JSTOR 1228985.