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Prescription for Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era

Carolyn Herbst Lewis


This work explores how medical practitioners, especially family physicians, situated themselves as the guardians of Americans' sexual well-being during the early years of the Cold War. The author argues that many doctors viewed their patients' sexual habits as more than an issue of personal health. They believed that a satisfying sexual relationship between heterosexual couples with very specific attributes and boundaries was the foundation of a successful marriage, a fundamental source of happiness in the American family, and a crucial building block of a secure nation. Drawing on hundreds of ... More

Keywords: medical practitioners, family physicians, sexual well-being, Cold War, doctors, sexual habits, personal health, sexual relationship, heterosexual couples, successful marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834251
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899540_lewis


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Herbst Lewis, author