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November 1, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(9):846-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680090010005

In our culture, probably no other important basic human need and urge is so encrusted with prejudice and misconceptions, no other activity is so distorted from early infancy onward by proscriptions, taboos, and frustrations as is the sex life of the average person. At every phase of psychosexual development the repressing and inhibitory social forces, both parental and extrafamilial (such as church, school, legal, and local standards), tend to increase the pressures that compel conformance to frustrating and emotionally disturbing standards of sexual behavior. Frustration and inhibition is part and parcel of the socialization process, and restriction of the sexual urges of the child is therefore essential.

It is generally recognized that a well-adjusted sex life is important for mental health; therefore, the physician who is interested in both the physical and the emotional well-being of his patients will direct their attention to this essential area of human life. Conflicts

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