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April 13, 1957

Marriage Consulting: An Introduction to Marriage Counseling

JAMA. 1957;163(15):1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970500097037

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Explaining that "consulting" is a general term encompassing nonprofessional as well as professional counseling in courtship and in family situations, the authors devote a generous portion of part 2 in the book to such advisors as friends and relatives, the lawyer, the educator, the clergyman, and the physician. The rest of the five-part volume deals with the theory and practice of marriage counseling, with appropriate emphasis on practice. In fact, part 4 contains illustrative case histories, in some of which nonprofessional consultations are described. Every physician should benefit from reading the practical material contained in a special chapter for the profession in part 2. Here are presented basic guides and nine possible phases of premarital preparation, as well as two case reports demonstrating how important medical counseling can be in solving marital difficulties. The philosophy and functions of marriage counseling as a profession are well defined, and bright prospects for

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