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August 22, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(8):529-535. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730080021007

Among the large number of volumes on marriage, only two are based on case studies. The extensive social investigation by Katherine Davis1 and the intensive psychologic inquiry by Gilbert Hamilton2 elect to omit many of the medical and physical aspects of wedlock. A gynecologist-obstetrician lays stress on these very aspects in his forty year study of marriage.3 His analysis utilizes 1,098 records with observations ranging from less than one year to more than four decades—the average being seven years—and with entries distributed from childhood to old age (chart 1).

PURPOSE, TYPE OF PERSON, AND METHOD OF OBSERVATION  The purpose of this search for the detail of success or failure in sex adjustment is the eventual making of useful schedules for sex education, for premarital medical instruction, and for texts on conjugal hygiene. Such a study and such a program are part of the new field of preventive

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