Concluding remarks
in ‘Curing queers’
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in this book. The book enhances the understanding of sexuality in relation to nursing as a profession by discovering a hitherto neglected history of gay life in mental hospitals. It focuses on the nexus of memory studies, histories of subjectivities, and histories of post-war Britain. The book offers a new insight into the role of mental nurses caring for patients receiving aversion therapy for sexual deviation. It then offers the insights into the way nurses may behave when a particular set of social, political and contextual factors are at play. The book further presents an important area of nurse ethics and socialisation by analysing how nurses make decisions about what is professionally right and wrong in a context of ambiguity, frustration and conflict.

‘Curing queers’

Mental nurses and their patients, 1935–74

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