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March 20, 1937

Preparation for Marriage

JAMA. 1937;108(12):1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780120070036

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The author makes a plea for open discussion of problems of a real nature before marriage and their solution at that period rather than after marriage. Common sense attitudes toward the question of health, heredity, finances, housing and children are expressed. The common sense attitude written in cold print gives the appearance of old platitudes and is as readily ignored as all platitudes in the midst of the emotional stresses attendant with falling in love. Rarely is one of the author's strictures followed by the people most concerned, and certainly the person in love will not stop to read this book. Being without insight into the real needs of adequate handling of the sex problems which the curious child attempts to solve early in life, the book is of limited use.

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