Predictor: the first home pregnancy test

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This essay uses Predictor, the first home pregnancy test, to reexamine the doctor-patient relationship in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, a tumultuous period associated with permissiveness, women's liberation, and the erosion of medical authority. It shows how the rise of self-testing contributed to a realignment of the power dynamics among women, doctors, and pharmacists. It argues that the humble home pregnancy test kit merits a place—alongside the birth control pill and abortion law reform—in histories of health consumerism and reproductive choice in the twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-642
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of British Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2020


  • doctor-patient relationship
  • women's history
  • power dynamics
  • reproductive health


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