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Prescription for Heterosexuality

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Nursing Clio’s very own Carolyn Herbst Lewis recently sat down with Jackie Wolf, host of WOUB’s Conversations From Studio B, to talk about her new book, Prescription For Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era. 

 Carolyn’s book examines  “how medical practitioners, especially family physicians, situated themselves as the guardians of Americans’ sexual well-being during the early years of the Cold War. She 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.”

Photo Credit: Bryan Gibson
Carolyn Herbst Lewis and Jackie Wolf

You can check out the interview in its entirety here. 

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  1. carolynherbstlewis #

    Thanks for sharing this, Jacki! I just want to add that Jackie Wolf is an historian of medicine who focuses on gender themes. She is the author of “Don’t Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of Breastfeeding in the 19th and 20th Century,” (Ohio State University Press, 2001) and “Deliver Me From Pain: Anesthesia and Birth in America” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

    June 13, 2012

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