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November 15, 1941


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From the National Committee on Maternal Health, Inc.

JAMA. 1941;117(20):1687-1692. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820460025005

Examination for fitness is becoming the rule for all occupations save for the two that are most vital and most difficult—marriage and parenthood.

On an occasion when health weds sense in the hope of happiness, the best man may well be medicine. In marital adjustment, as in other fields, the curative function will some day yield first place to the preventive function. Our impatience and discontent steadily increase over any restriction to mere diagnosis of incurable ailment. If this holds for disease, why not for divorce?

It took twenty years in practice for me to come to the belief that marital maladjustments were mostly preventable; then as many more to earn enough to retire to devote a last twenty to a closer study of marriage counseling and its relation to general sex education and to character training. Be it noted that the facing of facts anent sex behavior in the