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August 20, 1938

Father's Doing Nicely: The Expectant Father's Handbook

JAMA. 1938;111(8):746. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790340082036

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The glory of motherhood and the role of the mother in childbearing have been rightfully extolled. The role of the father, however, has received but scant attention. The problems of reproduction must be shared by both mother and father. Although many books have been written about motherhood, this small book presents the problems of the father. The birth of a baby in the average American household is still the most important and exciting event in the lifetime of that household. It calls for tremendous physical, environmental and economic adjustment. The peace and welfare of a family may be seriously jeopardized. Failure of adjustment to the new situation may result in irreparable damage to the family. Any information which helps to make this transition easier and more natural renders a distinct service. The author discusses the many problems involved in the birth of a baby in an amusing and yet instructive

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