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October 16, 1954


Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

JAMA. 1954;156(7):692-695. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950070020005

The premarital medical examination can not only prevent the transmission of venereal disease, as the physician complies with the state laws, but with the addition of a few simple procedures and explanations by the physician at this time, the examination can also prevent many marital maladjustments. The physician can prevent misunderstandings from becoming deep-seated problems. He can give the couple such information about their own sexual organs that they can consummate their marriage without undue trauma. The physician can recognize and treat potential medical threats to marriage. Fortunately, many parents, religious leaders, and educators are turning to the physician for medical help in preventing annulments and divorces. The premarital examination plays a large part in this education.

STATE LAWS  The premarital laws in 34 states, and the marriage courses given by church and college, bring the bride and groom to a physician. The premarital laws require a health certificate before

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