Development of assisted reproductive medicine in Europe

Over the last 40 years the contributions of many pioneers throughout Europe led to development and progress within the field of reproductive medicine.

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Volume 110, Issue 1, Pages 12–13


René Frydman, M.D.


The mediocre outcome of microsurgery results in patients with extensive tubal disease was the original driving force behind the search for new methods to assist these infertile patients. Many unsuccessful attempts were carried out before the birth of the first in vitro fertilization baby in Europe 40 years ago. Many pioneers worked tirelessly to develop the tools, procedures, and research necessary. Thanks to the efforts of many, the field of reproductive medicine has grown, advanced, and progressed in ways that seemed nearly impossible just a few decades ago.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.