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June 29, 1964

No, Virginia, Marriage Isn't Bizarre

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Naperville, Ill

JAMA. 1964;188(13):1160-1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060390062023

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To the Editor:—  There is cause for concern when statements which run counter to our moral tradition become legitimate topics for discussion before a wide audience.Reference is made specifically to the opinions attributed by numerous medical news periodicals and The Journal (187, March 14, 1964, adv p 26) to Dr. Russel V. Lee in a symposium at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center on the modern family and its survival. There is need for grave concern where the dissolution of the family (appropriately included in "the great moral error of socialism" by Wilhelm Roepke) is apparently advocated in medical circles.Perhaps I cannot recognize a burlesque when I see one, and perhaps I am wrong when I sense that Dr. Lee is advocating a counter-current to dehumanize man. But what else can one deduce from such strange and heretical musings that ignore the first principles of morality

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