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in Odd men out
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Chapter 3 looks at the medical treatments meted out to gay men in the 1950s and 1960s, and attempts by the medical profession to ‘cure’ them. The chapter examines the origins of the medicalisation of homosexuality as a diagnosable ‘condition’, and analyses the Wolfenden Report’s conclusions on the issue. It points to some of the report’s contradictory views, and the parallel controversies about the nature, causation and treatment of homosexuality by medical professionals. The chapter examines the theories behind psychological and psychiatric treatment, and the various methods of treatment, from psychotherapy to ‘aversion’ therapy. It recounts the experiences of patients and the attitudes of doctors and nursing staff. There is a statistical examination of the efficacy of these treatments, and an overview of the challenges against them.

Odd men out

Male homosexuality in Britain from Wolfenden to Gay Liberation

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