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The Expectant Father.

Henry O. Heinemann, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(3):480. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870030160057.
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The idea of writing a book for the "expectant" father is a good one. It is an original approach as heretofore there has been no book covering areas of specific interest and concern to fathers. In this day and age when married couples plan their families, each partner should know his role in this alliance. The male partner seems to lack the instinctive adjustment to the role of a father. The chapter on "Life With a Pregnant Wife" should answer some of the questions of a neophyte for he often appears bewildered by the changing attitudes of his wife. The book falls short, however, in its descriptions and explanations of the pregnant female. Here, some "professional" help of a psychiatrically trained, perhaps female, co-author could enhance the value of the book. The illustrations by Barry Geller are excellent.

Dr. Schaefer is Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the


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