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August 16, 1965

Counseling in Marital and Sexual Problems: A Physician's Handbook

JAMA. 1965;193(7):633. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090070083049

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"Bull" Williams, obstetrics professor of a generation ago, used to say, "One-third of the women I see are pregnant and don't want to be, one-third aren't pregnant and want to be, and the other third don't know what they want." This judgment we may consider too pessimistic but, certainly, a high percentage of patients who consult doctors seek help for marital and sexual problems. The old family doctor, with his wide experience, may give such help wisely. Young physicians, and those with more specialized training, are often ill equipped to counsel in this area. They may depend on personal prejudices or try to refer the patient to a psychiatrist or marriage counselor. But often such referrals are impossible or undesirable.

To help these physicians the present book offers practical recommendations. Obstetricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, and a lawyer have contributed clearly written articles on a variety of related topics.

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