David Reuben (author)

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
Geraldine (Flip Wilson) interviews Dr. David Reuben on
The Flip Wilson Show (1971)

David R. Reuben (born November 29, 1933) is a California psychiatrist,[1] and author.

Early life[edit]

Reuben was born in Chicago, and entered The University of Chicago, at 15. Reuben was graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine, at 25.[2] He had only one year of a psychiatric residency, and no record of further training or specialty certification.[3]


He worked at Cook County Hospital, then the United States Air Force, then opened a clinic in La Presa, California.[2][4] He let his California license lapse in 1976.[3]

Reuben guested, a dozen times,[3] on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Jack Benny's "Everything you always wanted to know about Jack Benny, but were afraid to ask" featured Reuben.[5]

The National Academy of Sciences filed a $35-million libel suit against Ruben.[6]


Just before his first book, he changed his name, from Rubin to Reuben.[3] Reuben is most famous for his book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), published in 1969. That book inspired a film by Woody Allen, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972).

Reuben also authored other books, such as Any Woman Can![7] and How to Get More out of Sex, in 1975, 1976, and 1978 about diet and nutrition. These books suggest we should live by these three principles: Eat no refined sugar, eat no white flour, and do not take vitamin pills or other supplements. His book The Save Your Life Diet, promoted a high-fiber diet. Reuben suggested that a healthy diet involved the intake of natural fiber and reduction of cholesterol.[8]

He also authored The Save Your Life Diet High-Fiber Cookbook, and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition. The last book was written in the same style as his famous book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, Reuben and his wife Barbara lived in Costa Rica.[9] In 1999, they were married for 37 years and had five children.[9]


  1. ^ "Nutrition Book Has Its Ups And Downs". The Daily Courier (Arizona). June 30, 1985. Retrieved 5 July 2022. The book is written to sell, sell. It amazes me how an M.D. can know "every thing" about medicine ( he's a psychiatrist), "everything" about sex (Remember Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask?)
  2. ^ a b Reuben, David (January 24, 1971). "Doctor David Reuben on Sex Education". Toledo Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Retrieved 5 July 2022. via google books
  3. ^ a b c d Diamond, Susan J. (1 February 1993). "SEQUEL / 'PHENOMENON' AUTHORS : Singular Sensations : Richard Bach, Marabel Morgan and David R. Reuben each wrote one bestseller. Then, despite subsequent efforts, each slipped from the limelight". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  4. ^ "1930: A Man Who Said He Knew Everything About Sex Is Born". Haaretz. This Day in Jewish History. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Psychiatry Good For Audition". The Prescott Courier. March 4, 1971. p. 23. Retrieved 5 July 2022 – via google books.
  6. ^ "Suit Says Sex Book Author Made False Claims". Eugene Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. July 26, 1979. p. 13. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  7. ^ Johnny Carson (22 March 2014). "JOHNNY CARSON FULL EPISODE: Joan Rivers, Bee Gees, Rob Reiner, 1972". Archived from the original on 2014-03-29 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Starker, Steven. (2009). Oracle at the Supermarket: The American Preoccupation With Self-Help Books. Transaction Publishers. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-7658-0964-3
  9. ^ a b Lavin, Cheryl (March 8, 1999). "When 'sex book' ceased to be something dirty; Publishing: Everything you always wanted to know about 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex". The Baltimore Sun. Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 23 June 2021. Retrieved 5 July 2022.

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