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June 17, 1944

Family Behavior, Attitudes and Possessions

JAMA. 1944;125(7):524-525. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850250064031

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This is a searching inquiry into the habits of families. It leaves practically nothing unexplored, even to the amount of time required by husbands for shaving. It supplies the astounding information that "all husbands shave standing in the bathroom." It also informs the reader that the items used for face and hand washing are soap, wash cloth, rough face towel, bath towel, smooth towel and brush and the exact number of times each is used in the families investigated. If any one supposed that the members of the guinea pig families escape the examiner when they retire to bed, let him be undeceived because the occupations of various members of the families after they get into bed are described in great detail, from the average length of time after getting into bed until turning out the light, to illuminating details as to whether those individuals spend their time talking, smoking,

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