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December 21, 1957

Man and Wife: A Source Book of Family Attitudes, Sexual Behavior and Marriage Counseling

JAMA. 1957;165(16):2137. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980340103030

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The reliability of the material in this volume is attested to by the fact that it is distilled from experiences in a five-year experiment in which senior medical students were the recipients of information on marriage and family living. The 17 contributors to the book are well recognized in the counseling area. Although the book may be read as a reference work, for the average reader, progressive digestion of the volume is recommended. The four parts deal with the making and breaking of marriage, the moral climate of marriage, mating and mismating, and the meaning and process of counseling. An especially good section includes contributions on Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic concepts and interpretations of marriage responsibility. Recommended by the editor to medical students, divinity students, clinical psychologists, social workers, teachers, nurses, and lawyers, the book also would seem to be of value for at least some general practitioners. Inadequacies of

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