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September 6, 1965


Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

JAMA. 1965;193(10):831. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090100077029

Homosexuality is another of the myriad symptom patterns exhibited by the person who has not achieved and maintained the full ability to adapt to and cope with the demands, responsibilities, and satisfactions of life at the level typical of the adult in our society. Erudite efforts have been made to classify various patterns of homosexual behavior, and exhaustive research has gone into efforts to determine some specific causality. Nevertheless, homosexuality has not and probably cannot or will not ever become a pattern which would be acceptable as normal.

The degree to which it is a rejected pattern of behavior is reflected in both social attitudes and legislation. Neither of these influences has any apparent effect on the control of the problems involved. It is, in fact, such an individual matter that the person who is caught in its throes not only finds it impossible to restrain the impulses toward the