Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis

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Princeton University Press, Oct 21, 1987 - Medical - 242 pages

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
15
Dissenting Views Challenges to the Psychiatric Orthodoxy
41
The Emergence of Homosexual Protest
67
Diagnostic Politics Homosexuality and the American Psychiatric Association
101
The Aftermath of Diagnostic Change Psychiatry and the Social Status of Homosexuality
155
Conclusion
179
Afterword to the 1987 Edition
197
Notes
219
Index
234
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