New York: W. W. Norton & Company, (1938). First Edition. Hardcover. Illustrated with a portrait frontispiece photograph of Sanger. SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. Very light rubbing to spine. Near Fine, lacking the dustwrapper. Item #019610

In her job as a nurse for maternity cases for mostly poor mothers in New York, Sanger often observed women resorting to self-induced abortions. Mrs. Sanger nursed one mother, close to death after a self-inflicted abortion, back to health, and heard the woman plead with a doctor for protection against another pregnancy. "Tell Jake to sleep on the roof," the physician said. The mother died six months later during a second abortion, and Sanger soon renounced nursing forever: "I came to a sudden realization that my work as a nurse and my activities in social service were entirely palliative and consequently futile and useless to relieve the misery I saw all about me."

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