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This book consists of articles by thirty-eight contributors (including nine women), and covers a wide variety of subjects. It is divided into five parts, starting with "Preparation for Marriage" (part I) and "The Marriage" (part II) and continuing with discussions on "Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth" (part III) and "The Child in the Family" (part IV). The concluding section, "Social Problems of Sex and Marriage" (part V), deals with such diverse topics as divorce, prostitution and how women adjust to marriage.
Despite the claims of the editors that the book is concerned chiefly with the subject of marriage counseling, most of the articles consist largely of restatements of facts and theories concerning the psychology and physiology of human reproduction. However, it is to be expected that in a compendium as complex as this there will be individual disagreements between authors and that topics in fields widely separated from marriage counseling will