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Can anybody say what year he first extracted a fertilized egg? TREKphilerhit me ♠ 20:46, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
I don't think he did. The only time I've read about an embryo being extracted from a human was in uterine-washing studies done a couple of days after ovulation in studies investigating how the IUD works. LyrlTalkC 00:02, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
Conception of the natural and its implications
Pincus had suggested the simulated monthly cycle because he wanted to know for his own purposes that the women were not pregnant.46
Rock was happy to go along with his colleague both because his own patients often developed the false hope that they were pregnant and because Pincus thought that potential pill takers would fear the same thing when they did not menstruate monthly.
Rock would have been amused to find himself, a half-century later, imagined to have had religious motivations for developing what he and Pincus viewed as a simple solution to two practical problems.
Pincus the scientist just wanted to know if the regimen was working, and Rock the kind physician did not want to get his patients' hopes up.
But in the early twenty-first century, journalist Malcolm Gladwell characterized their decision as a tortured religious rationalization by Rock and a bad scientific decision.
"In John Rock's mind," Gladwell argued in the New Yorker, "the dictates of religion and principles of science got mixed up."47
Rock had given no thought at all to the Catholic Church when he made this decision, but it comes as no surprise that even today people might still have trouble figuring out his relationship to his religion.
Notes to Pages 152–157:
46. Gladwell concluded from this practical decision that the pill was "a drug shaped by the dictates of the Catholic Church—by John Rock's desire to make this new method of birth control seem as natural as possible." Rock took advantage of the cyclical administration of the pill in the 1960s but never thought about it in the 1950s. Malcolm Gladwell, "John Rock's Error," New Yorker, March 13, 2000. 55.