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August 29, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(9):732-733. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770350100028

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To the Editor:—  The changing trend in medicine and education was shown by the recent conference on teaching of Marriage and Family Problems, held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N. C., July 6 to 11, under the direction of Prof. Ernest Groves of the sociology department. The important part the physician must assume in the teaching of sex education, preparation for marriage and family adjustments is evident from the list of topics presented by physicians at this conference. The conference stressed the necessity for the physician becoming aware of the sociological problems of medicine, which form part of the problems presented by preventive medicine and mental hygiene. The nonmedical marriage counselor is attempting to advise on matters of sexual adjustment, family relations and behavior problems and even contraception because heretofore the physicians have largely ignored these phases of public health. The gynecologist, psychiatrist and obstetrician in scattered

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