Medicine: Sex & Emotional Shambles

The growing numbers of pregnant, unmarried women who go to physicians for care need understanding and sympathetic treatment "beyond the ordinary call," an Oregon obstetrician told the A.M.A. Often these cases have "impressively happy endings" if decently handled by the physician, said Portland's Dr. Goodrich C. Schauffler. Even out of wedlock, pregnancy and labor "may turn out to be a maturing experience"—far preferable to an abortion.

For all his tenderness toward patients, Dr. Schauffler had harsh words indeed for the apparent increase in U.S. illegitimate births* and for the social attitudes that he believes underlie "the precocious sex activities of ... young...

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