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June 21, 1902

The Physician and Marriage.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(25):1634. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480250028014

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Denver, June 10, 1902.

To the Editor:  —At a recent meeting of a medical society the subject of how physicians may aid in securing proper marriage restrictions was discussed. One physician took the ground that the matter lay in the hands of the medical profession; that if the latter would make it a point to advise their constituents, that a great deal could be accomplished. A second thought a health certificate should be required as well as a license to marry. Another physician said his experience would not bear out the statement that the family physician could be of much service to the state by gratuitous advice. He gave it as his judgment that after two young people had determined to marry it was too late for the family physician to offer any suggestion; that whatever the physician could do had to be prior to that time.The experience of

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