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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "Doc Reuben" (1970) Summary & Analysis

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Vidal begins his essay on former best-selling "sexologist" David Reuben, MD, a San Diego psychiatrist and author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Ask, by reminding the reader that a "jocose," breezy approach to sex is a sure sign of discomfort and suggesting that Reuben is "in a state of communicable panic" that probably makes him unfit to practice psychiatry.

The Old Testament rabbinical approach to sexual matters promoted by Reuben—combined with his evident distaste for the rigors of scientific investigation—reveal him as a counter-revolutionary in the sexual arena and guarantee that the majority of American readers would be perplexed and perturbed by his attitudes, according to Vidal. "Essentially he is not a man of science but a moderately swinging rabbi...

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