TITLE

‘THE CAUTIONARY TALE OF TOM’: THE MALE HOMOSEXUAL EXPERIENCE OF SCOTTISH MEDICINE IN THE 1970s AND EARLY 1980s

AUTHOR(S)
Davidson, Roger
PUB. DATE
December 2008
SOURCE
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2008, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p122
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines the recorded experience of male homosexuals who sought medical treatment and advice in late twentieth-century Scotland. References are given to several archives including the publications of the Scottish Minorities Group (SMG), established in 1969, and the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group (SHRG), established in 1978, and the papers and personal writings of homosexual activists. Details are given citing divergent opinions regarding homosexuality, such as an article published in the 1973 issue of the "British Journal of Psychiatry" where homosexuality was not regarded by some practitioners as a disease that required a cure. Contrary examples are also given of psychiatrists who thought otherwise and used aversion therapy with chemical emetics and electric shocks.
ACCESSION #
35365334

 

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