'… excellent and timely … thorough and dispassionate.' Legal Studies
'… a clear and illuminating work of scholarship and distinction.' Annals of Science
'… a much needed authoritative guide to the history of the law on abortion and an excellent case study in the social history of medicine.' Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Ranging from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the 1980s, this book focusses on the evolution of the law and medical practice of abortion in England. Dr Keown considers the performance of abortion by doctors, and the influence the medical profession had on the restriction of the law in the nineteenth century and on its relaxation in the twentieth.