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January 16, 1960

Before You Marry

JAMA. 1960;172(3):299. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020030093032

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This is a simply-written and practical book which can be recommended by physicians to young people about to be married. It deals in simple, sensible, and practical terms with such questions as the chances for success in marriage; how does one know it's love; fact and fiction about sex; practical everyday aspects of marriage, such as finance, personality adjustment, mental health, and character of the proposed spouse; and "Who Is Right for You?" There is a good chapter on mixed marriages dealing not only with religious differences but with social, educational, and racial differences as well. "The Family You Marry" is dealt with realistically. There are chapters on emergencies and crises and how best to bind the marriage into permanency. There is a useful bibliography, in general at the college level.

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