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September 30, 1950

Fertility in Marriage: A Guide for the Childless

JAMA. 1950;144(5):431. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920050071030

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This book is addressed to the laity, particularly to infertile couples. One of the authors is a physician and a member of the staff of the Sterility Clinic of the Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, and the other is an editor of magazines, several of them in the field of popular psychology and medicine and written from the layman's point of view. The book contains a great deal of useful information and is presented in a lucid style. However, there are discussions of a few subjects which are distinctly controversial among specialists in sterility; hence they should not be presented to the lay public as more or less universally accepted truths. One of these debatable points concerns temperature charts. Everyone admits that temperature charts are helpful in many instances, but such charts are by no means so consistently reliable that the authors have a right to say the following: "Many

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