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November 26, 1938


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of the Albany Hospital and the Albany Medical College, Albany, N. Y.

JAMA. 1938;111(22):1982-1986. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790480012003

Among average or superior members of society, marriage presupposes adaptations and creates problems of a varied nature. It is difficult for all these to be satisfactorily resolved, even with every aid that can be brought to bear on them. In the case of handicapped persons who marry, the problems that ensue are no less numerous or complicated. But among the feebleminded the awareness of such problems, by the nature of the circumstances, is relatively defective, and the burden of solution must be assumed largely by others in society more capable of bearing them.

This study was suggested by the admission of a woman to the public obstetric service of a large hospital. The facts pertaining to her are neither new nor unique. Doubtless similar persons can be found in any community. Her history follows:

Hospitalization.—  Mrs. Q., a woman aged 20, was admitted to the indigent obstetric service June 19,