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July 13, 1957

Modern Marriage and Family Living

JAMA. 1957;164(11):1288. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980110114025

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All-inclusive in its treatment, and at the same time wasting no words on excursions into related fields, this volume can be considered to be what it is identified as in the preface—a pioneer effort among college textbooks. There is impressive evidence of extreme care in the arrangement of the five main parts of the book, as well as in selection of the 38 authorities who contributed special discussions in addition to Dr. Fishbein's chapter on premarital physical examination.

In the first section, a general picture of the social aspects of marriage and the family is provided in seven chapters dealing with American culture, racial and religious factors, the social order, and divorce. The second section, on preparation for marriage, provides much practical guidance on the choice of a mate, courtship and engagement, and premarital sex relationships. Especially complete in its treatment is the third part, with information about marriage relations,

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