American Psychiatry and Homosexuality: An Oral History [NOOK Book]

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Through the personal accounts of those who were there, American Psychiatry and Homosexuality: An Oral History examines the 1973 decision by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM). This unique book includes candid, one-on-one interviews with key mental health professionals who played a role in the APA's decision, those who helped organize gay, lesbian, and bisexual psychiatrists after the decision, and others who have ...
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Overview

Through the personal accounts of those who were there, American Psychiatry and Homosexuality: An Oral History examines the 1973 decision by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM). This unique book includes candid, one-on-one interviews with key mental health professionals who played a role in the APA's decision, those who helped organize gay, lesbian, and bisexual psychiatrists after the decision, and others who have made significant contributions in this area within the mental health field.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Each chapter of this book is an interview with one of the key figures who has been implemental in removing homosexuality as a diagnostic category from the DSM or who has contributed to the growing integration of gay and lesbian practitioners in the American Psychiatric Association and to literature on gay and lesbian concerns. This collection was originally published in the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy from 2001 to 2006.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a human face to the history of the transformation of the American Psychiatric Association, often at great personal risk.
Audience: Anyone interested in the topic, whether or not a clinician, will find the book interesting and readable.
Features: The cover has a striking picture of John Fryer, MD, wearing a mask to disguise his identity when he agreed to be a psychiatrist on a panel addressing homosexuality in 1972. The interviews show the true faces of those who have contributed to this arena through biographical content and comments.
Assessment: Readers interested in the field will find this book easy to read a bit at a time. They will find some chapters rich in presenting the personality and experiences of major figures. They will find some chapters a little shallow, leaving them with a desire to know more. There is a place for such a book that shows the human side to the challenges to, and changes in, psychiatry which, prior to 1973, included homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder.
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Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Each chapter of this book is an interview with one of the key figures who has been implemental in removing homosexuality as a diagnostic category from the DSM or who has contributed to the growing integration of gay and lesbian practitioners in the American Psychiatric Association and to literature on gay and lesbian concerns. This collection was originally published in the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy from 2001 to 2006.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a human face to the history of the transformation of the American Psychiatric Association, often at great personal risk.
Audience: Anyone interested in the topic, whether or not a clinician, will find the book interesting and readable.
Features: The cover has a striking picture of John Fryer, MD, wearing a mask to disguise his identity when he agreed to be a psychiatrist on a panel addressing homosexuality in 1972. The interviews show the true faces of those who have contributed to this arena through biographical content and comments.
Assessment: Readers interested in the field will find this book easy to read a bit at a time. They will find some chapters rich in presenting the personality and experiences of major figures. They will find some chapters a little shallow, leaving them with a desire to know more. There is a place for such a book that shows the human side to the challenges to, and changes in, psychiatry which, prior to 1973, included homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136859939
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 326
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

About the Editors
Contributors
Preface. Show-and-Tell (Barbara Gittings)
Introduction (Jack Drescher and Joseph P. Merlino)
Section I: The 1973 APA Decision
Chapter 1. John E. Fryer, MD, and the Dr. H. Anonymous Episode (David L. Scasta)
Chapter 2. An Interview with Charles Silverstein, PhD (Albert J. Sbordone)
Chapter 3. An Interview with Lawrence Hartmann, MD (Jack Drescher)
Chapter 4. An Interview with Robert Jean Campbell III, MD (Richard O. Hire)
Chapter 5. An Interview with Judd Marmor, MD (Vernon A. Rosario)
Chapter 6. An Interview with Robert L. Spitzer, MD (Jack Drescher)
Section II: The Early Founders of AGLP
Chapter 7. An Interview with Frank Rundle, MD (Richard O. Hire)
Chapter 8. An Interview with David R. Kessler, MD (Mary E. Barber)
Chapter 9. An Interview with Nanette Gartrell, MD (Mary E. Barber)
Chapter 10. An Interview with Stuart E. Nichols, MD (Kenn Ashley)
Chapter 11. Remembering Emery Hetrick, MD (Joyce Hunter)
Section III: Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists of Note
Chapter 12. An Interview with Bertram H. Schaffner, MD (Joseph P. Merlino)
Chapter 13. An Interview with Martha J. Kirkpatrick, MD (Vernon A. Rosario)
Chapter 14. An Interview with Richard A. Isay, MD (Robert Mitchell)
Chapter 15. An Interview with Richard C. Pillard, MD (Paul E. Lynch)
Chapter 16. An Interview with Edward Hanin, MD (Jack Drescher)
Chapter 17. An Interview with Ralph E. Roughton, MD (Paul E. Lynch)
Afterword. Today and Tomorrow (Mary E. Barber)
Index
Reference Notes Included
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