Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis

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Princeton University Press, Oct 21, 1987 - Medical - 242 pages
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In 1973, after several years of bitter dispute, the Board of Trustees
of the American Psychiatric Association decided to remove homosexuality from its official list of mental diseases. Infuriated by the
Board's action, a substantial number of dissident psychiatrists
charged the association's leadership with capitulating to the pressures
of Gay Liberation groups, and forced the board to submit its decision
to a referendum of the full APA membership. Ronald Bayer presents
a political analysis of the psychiatric battle involved, from the first
confrontations organized by gay demonstrators at psychiatric conventions to the referendum initiated by orthodox psychiatrists. The result is a fascinating view of the individuals who led the debate and the fundamental questions that engaged them: social and cultural values, the definition of disease, and the nature of sexuality. Available for the
first time in paperback, the book includes a new afterword by the
author.

 

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Contents

From Abomination to Disease
14
Dissenting Views Challenges to the Psychiatric Orthodoxy
40
The Emergence of Homosexual Protest
66
Diagnostic Politics Homosexuality and the American Psychiatric Association
100
The Aftermath of Diagnostic Change Psychiatry and the Social Status of Homosexuality
154
Conclusion
178
Notes
218
Index
237
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