ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Family Planning Success Stories

Family Planning Success Stories Social Communication in Family Planning: A Case Book by Pandit Patankar and Lilian Dey; Orient Longman, 1974; pp xiv + 219; Rs 50, DEY and Patankar's 'Social Communication in Family Planning' is a document that succeeds in spite of the efforts of its co-editors to reduce its effectiveness by introducing, at the end of practically every significant case, certain amateur chapters of behavioural analysis. These so-called 'discussion points' (eg, p 185, Q 1: Do we approve of the Project Director's decision? Why? Or p 202, Q 8: How do you rate Yash Pal's Case? Why?) contribute nothing whatsoever to our perception of the case studies. Indeed, like the rambling and repetitive chapters entitled 'Analysis', their sole purpose in the book seems to be in the capacity of irritants. One cannot help feeling that the aim of this volume, which, as stated in the Foreword, is "to cater to the needs of teaching programmes designed to serve the interests of family planning work'', would have been more truly served if the cases had been left to speak for themselves.

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