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September 21, 1970

Changing Homosexuality in the Male: Treatment for Men Troubled With Homosexuality

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4531st TAC Hospital Homestead AFB, Fla

JAMA. 1970;213(12):2086. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170380060033

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Homosexuality is complex. To change the sexual orientation in patients distressed about their homosexuality is even more complicated but still possible. This book provides a carefully detailed description of how creative and dynamic psychotherapy can help a troubled male homosexual to overcome his own resistance to change, and to sustain some degree of heterosexual adjustment. The author, a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, initially states: "The homosexual does not exist. Only people who fantasy, feel, and act homosexually exist. Homosexual life styles and subcultures exist."

After extensively quoting researchers like Kinsey and Bieber on the definition and etiologies of homosexuality, Dr. Hatterer presents his own well-organized case material to illustrate the full spectrum of homosexuality, treated successfully or less successfully. His study extends over 18 years and includes 710 patients drawn from both clinics and private practice. The "cure rate" of about 45% (including partially and fully heterosexual adjustments) approximates that

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