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October 21, 1950

The Human Venture in Sex, Love, and Marriage

JAMA. 1950;144(8):722. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920080124038

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Abstract

This somewhat philosophical interpretation of the author's views of present moral codes has as its basis the relation of physiologic and sexual urges in human life. The author properly warns of the danger of "petting" in adolescence and leads the reader from section to section through experiences that one would encounter as he or she grows older and more mature. Typical of the author's approach is his reasoning in the sentence "The sooner a human being treats a member of the opposite sex not merely as a male or female, but as a person, the sooner he has stepped into another kind of progression which induces respect and self-control for the sake of human fellowship and not sexual satisfaction alone." Reference, somewhat critical, is even made to some of the limitations of the Kinsey report. For those who wish a simply and understandably written brief discourse on the outlook of

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