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SCLIAR, Moacyr. Premarital examination: a rite of passage in Public Health. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1997, vol.13, n.3, pp. 527-530. ISSN 0102-311X.

In the first decades of this century, pre-nuptial examination, designed to protect descendants from risks attributed to heredity, worked as a true rite of passage in Public Health routine. An educational text concerning this issue is discussed.

Keywords : Eugenics; History of Medicine; Premarital Examination.

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