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August 2, 1913

THE CONCEPTION OF HOMOSEXUALITY

Author Affiliations

Chief of Clinic of Psychiatry and Clinical Assistant in Neurology. Columbia University NEW YORK

JAMA. 1913;61(5):335-340. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350050017008
Abstract

Of the abnormal sexual manifestations that one encounters none, perhaps, is so enigmatical and to the average person so abhorrent as homosexuality. I have discussed this subject with many broad-minded, intelligent professional men and laymen and have been surprised to hear how utterly disgusted they become at the very mention of the name and how little they understand the whole problem. Yet I must confess that only a few years ago I entertained similar feelings and opinions regarding this subject. I can well recall my first scientific encounter with the problem, ten years ago, when I met a homosexual who was a patient in the Central Islip State Hospital. Since then I have devoted a great deal of time to the study of this complicated phenomenon, and it is therefore no wonder that my ideas have undergone a marked change. Tout comprendre c'est lout pardonner, I have met and studied

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