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May 21, 1938

Mentality and Homosexuality

JAMA. 1938;110(21):1776-1777. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790210056025

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Abstract

This small book gives a perfectly clear and accurate decription of the homosexuals interviewed and studied by the author in the prisons at Blackwell's Island, New York. One is struck not only with the clarity of description but with the honesty of the writer, who puts things down exactly as he saw them without any particular theory to promulgate. The book will be a welcome addition to the libraries of those who take a psychoanalytic view of homosexuality. Those, however, who take the stand that homosexuality is, in the largest number of cases, due to endocrine influences and to the hormones poured into the system by the sex organs of the individual will have much to criticize in this work. Like all psychoanalysts, the author hardly makes any mention of the sex organs as the cause of the condition except in a slight reference that the endocrine system among others

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