Trying to find a novel or maybe short story where a man in the 1950s or 60s wakes up after a car accident in a future rehabilitation center. He is angry and hurts or kills someone and they treat him as if his anger is a mental illness. His primary contact is a woman unconcerned with nudity. Sex is not taboo.

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    Hi, welcome to the site. In roughly which year did you read this? Also, why did you add the [robert-a-heinlein] tag? Do you believe he was the author? Jul 16, 2022 at 15:29
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    Immortality, Inc. shares some of the tropes with this
    – Valorum
    Jul 16, 2022 at 16:03
  • The Age Of The Pussyfoot? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_of_the_Pussyfoot
    – sueelleker
    Jul 16, 2022 at 17:46
  • @sueelleker that's an answer, not a comment.
    – Criggie
    Jul 17, 2022 at 5:24
  • Nudity and sex are not taboos are a recurring trope of Heinlein.
    – Roy Falk
    Jul 17, 2022 at 9:03

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This could be Robert Heinlein's first novel (not published in his lifetime), For Us, The Living.

  • The protagonist, Perry Nelson, dies in a car crash in 1939, but his mind somehow is transferred into the body of a man from the year 2086--the future man, "Gordon 755-82", had engaged in a practice called "voluntary abdication" or "suicide by willing not to live", which apparently left his body vacant for Perry's mind to take over.

  • He's taken in by an actress named Diana, who is unconcerned with being seen walking around nude, as per future customs (casual sex and polyamory are also the norm in this society).

  • He doesn't wake up in a rehabilitation center, instead he wakes up outside in a snow storm and is immediately helped by Diana. But he does later fall in love with Diana and fights one of her actor friends out of jealousy, which results in him being taken to a rehabilitation center since this type of sexual jealousy is seen as a primitive atavism.

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    Yeah, that was going to be my answer, Heinlein's godawful first novel. I tried to read it once but couldn't keep from putting it down.
    – user14111
    Jul 16, 2022 at 18:54

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