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October 5, 1957

Fundamental Marriage Counseling: A Catholic Viewpoint

JAMA. 1957;165(5):638. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980230208024

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This learned volume presents the substance of the thinking of four physicians, a judge in the United States District Court in the District of Columbia, several Catholic theologians and chaplains, a sociologist, and others. There is an extensive glossary and list of references. There is no mincing of words or phrases even when the discussion seems to be nonCatholic or against prevailing thought. The facts are set down scientifically and are taken from authoritative sources. The entire text is well documented. A few diagrams and tables are included to clarify the text. The chapter on heredity is of special interest. Heredity of acquired characters is denied, and the information on germ cells and body cells is up to date, accurate, and complete, thus providing a sort of refresher course for those who are not conversant with the latest concepts. Five sections are devoted to such matters as the biological aspects

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