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The research for this project was generously funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, who also provided the funding to make this book open access. I am indebted to many people who actively contributed to making this research possible. First, I would like to thank Simon Szreter, who warmly welcomed me in Cambridge for a six-month visiting fellowship, and provided institutional support, food for thought and friendship through this journey. In Cambridge, I was also lucky enough to count Jesse Olszynko-Gryn as a friend. Both Simon and Jesse read many parts of this book. I am also deeply grateful to Joanna Bourke, Sean Brady and Matt Cook who supported my application for an honorary position at Birkbeck College. There, I met wonderful people and colleagues. Particular thanks to David Byrdan, Marcia Holmes, Simon Jarret, Carmen Mangion, Sarah Marks, Francesca Piana, Kathryn Schoefert, Dora Vargha and Mark Volovici.

A special thank you to Lesley Hall, who has been invaluably kind and helpful during this research by sharing her knowledge, insights and sources. Yuliya Hilevych also deserves a special mention as she has been there for me from my first year as a PhD student to my current position. Her support, friendship, stimulating brain and encouragement, as well as the time she spent reading my work and commenting on earlier drafts of this book, have been essential for me. Special thanks also go to Laura Kelly and Agata Ignaciuk for their friendship, detailed and useful comments and proofreading drafts of this manuscript.

For encouragement, advice, proofreading and feedback at different stages, and in different contexts, many thanks to Laura Beers, Nicole Bourbonnais, Jessica Borge, Sandra Bree, Fabrice Cahen, Sylvie Chaperon, Charlotte Cree, Chris Crenner, Ivan Crozier, Donna Drucker, Kate Fisher, Alana Harris, Claire Jones, Wendy Kline, Tracey Laughran, Virginie de Luca Barrusse, Helen McCarthy, Ben Mechen, Pauline Milani, Bibia Pavard, Anne-Françoise Praz, Stéphanie Roulin, Tiphaine Robert, Gabrielle Storey and Dawn Wibberley.

I have presented parts of this research at different international conferences and seminars, including the American Association for the History of Medicine; European Society of Historical Demography; Graduate Institute, Geneva (Gender Seminar); University of Exeter (Sexpertise Conference); Society for the Social History of Medicine; University of Brussels (European Sexology Conference); University of Cambridge (Gender Research Seminar); Leuwen University (Social History Seminar); Institute of Historical Research, London (Women's History Seminar); University of Cambridge (Reproductive Politics in France and the UK Conference). I am grateful for the comments I received from members of the audience.

I am very grateful for the assistance of the librarians and archivists at the Wellcome Library, Archives du Planning Familial in Paris, and the Butler Library, Columbia University.

Thank you to Thomas Dark, to Anthony Mercer and to Keir Waddington for support and advice during the publication process at Manchester University Press, and to the anonymous peer reviewers who provided such thoughtful and constructive advice.

Friendship has also helped me to survive long hours of solitary work at the library and moments of doubt. Thank you to Paz Irarrazabal, Ermioni Xanthopoulou, Guillermo Jimenez, Alberto Coddou, Antonia Asenjo, Cathy Herbrand, Claire Horn, Katie Dow and Natalia Delgado.

Portions of this research were originally published as Caroline Rusterholz, ‘English women doctors, contraception and family planning in transnational perspective (1930s–70s)’, Medical History, 63:2 (2019), pp. 153–72 (reprinted by permission of Cambridge University Press), Caroline Rusterholz, ‘English and French women doctors in international debates on contraception (1920–1935)’, Social History of Medicine, 31:2 (2018), pp. 328–47 (reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press), and Caroline Rusterholz, ‘Testing the Gräfenberg ring in interwar Britain: Norman Haire, Helena Wright, and the debate over statistical evidence, side effects, and intra-uterine contraception’, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 72:4 (2017), pp. 448–67 (reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press).

For the support and love over the years, thank you to my parents, siblings, in-laws, colleagues at the University of Fribourg and my closest friends.

I am grateful to my husband Matthieu, who has read and commented on countless drafts of articles and chapters, emotionally supported me through this journey, cheered me up and helped me to get my confidence back when I thought this project was going nowhere. Thank you for your love and patience. I finished the revisions of the book while on maternity leave. A big thank you to my son Louis, who, though he did not nap for long, still allowed me to find time to revise this manuscript. I love you both.

Finally, this book is for all the women doctors and individuals who fought for our reproductive rights and are still fighting to treat women's bodies with the respect and care they deserve.

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Women’s medicine

Sex, family planning and British female doctors in transnational perspective, 1920–70


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