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A.B. Stockham, MDKarezza: Ethics of Marriage is a book by Alice Bunker Stockham, MD, one of the first women medical school graduates in the USA. This second edition was published in 1903. A highly-principled Quaker distressed by all the unwanted pregnancies among her patients, she saw controlled intercourse as a way to prevent reckless procreation, increase the harmony between couples, and raise spiritual awareness. (Her earlier book on women's reproductive health, Tokology: A Book for Every Woman is also available online.)

With Karezza, satiety is never known, and the married are never less than lovers; each day reveals new delights....In the physical union of male and female there may be a soul communion giving not only supreme happiness, but in turn [leading] to soul growth and development.

For more on Stockham, see "Finding the Kingdom of Heaven in Your Own Hearts."


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