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June 2, 1956

They Stand Apart: A Critical Survey of the Problems of Homosexuality

JAMA. 1956;161(5):484. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970050086029

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The stimulus for this "critical survey of the problem of homosexuality" has come from concern over the rise in homosexuality in Britain in the past 20 to 30 years and the current interest in revising the pertinent laws. Although the increase is probably not limited to England, it is documented there by an increase of over 500% in arrests for homosexual and related offenses from 1938 to 1953. Since the phenomena of homosexuality affect society in many ways, the contributors are concerned with the legal, social, moral, and medical aspects of the problem. The book is therefore a searching survey, not a definitive evaluation, and its value lies in this. The four sections are entitled Homosexuality and the Law, Homosexuality and Society, Homosexuality and Christian Morals; Homosexuality, the Medical Aspects; Homosexuality and the Law in Other Countries; and Statistics and Abstracts from the Debate in Parliament. Each is presented in

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