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November 18, 1950

Sex Questions and Answers: A Guide to Happy Marriage

JAMA. 1950;144(12):1042. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920120066034

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It would be difficult for one to think of any important sex question that is not considered in this volume, which the authors state had its inception in interrogations from soldiers of World War II, specifically those in the European Theater. The frankness, completeness and basically accurate nature of the answers recommend the volume highly for the average lay person, and there is a commendable avoidance of technical discussions.

After an introductory review of the specific subject, each chapter contains a series of questions, presented in bold face type, with full discussion following immediately. All 14 chapters are well done, but deserving of special mention are those dealing with problems of masturbation, contraception, sterility, sexual adjustment and homosexuality. The final chapter, a review of sex education, does not follow the quention-and-answer format but offers general recommendations. An interesting tabulation in the introductory chapter classifies sex questions in order of frequency.

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