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June 22, 1940

Love at the Threshold: A Book on Dating, Romance and Marriage

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By Frances Bruce Strain. Cloth. Price, $2.25. Pp. 349. New York & London: D. Appleton-Century Company, Incorporated, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(25):2497. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810250071031

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Abstract

The physician seeking a book which he can recommend for reading by boys and girls and young men and women can place confidence in this volume. It is comprehensive, practical, sensible and scientific. It is written in a sympathetic style which indicates the author's genuine interest in and wide acquaintance with personal problems of young persons, especially those having to do with relationships between the sexes on three principal levels with which the book deals, namely, dating, romance and marriage. The only objection which some physicians may have to the book would seem to be its somewhat excessive confidence in the rhythm theories as contraceptive methods, perhaps a bit too much optimism on the ease and safety of modern motherhood. The book deals with its three principal topics adequately and without overdoing the preaching attitude. It is the kind of book which a young woman whose opportunities for acquiring poise

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