London: George Allen and Unwin, (1936). First edition. 192 pp. + 8 leaves of 16 plates from photographs, text illustrations; small octavo, original green cloth. Spine somewhat scuffed, some spotting to edges, small skinned spot on 2 facing plates. Item #23249
Norman Haire (born Norman Zions, 1892-1952) was an Australian physician and sexologist who moved to London about 1919 where he built a hugely successful gynecological practice. He was known as a dynamic and entertaining public speaker who lent his voice to the eugenics movement, among other "progressive" causes, and was a member of the pioneering birth-control advocacy group the Malthusian League. His financial success was considerably augmented when he added the supposedly life-extending virility-enhancing "Steinach Operation" (essentially a partial vasectomy) to his medical repertoire. Even while keeping his own homosexuality a secret, throughout the 1930s and 1940s he was an all-important figure in movements toward the liberalization of sexual mores in Britain and in Australia. Presumably Aldous Huxley was invited to contribute the foreword to this book based on the themes of contraception and sexual freedom central to his 1932 novel "Brave New World." Scarce.