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By Tommy Dickinson

ISBN-10: 0719095883

ISBN-13: 9780719095887

Drawing on a wealthy array of resource fabrics together with formerly unseen, attention-grabbing (and usually particularly relocating) oral histories, archival and information media resources, 'Curing queers' examines the plight of guys who have been institutionalised in British psychological hospitals to obtain 'treatment' for homosexuality and transvestism, and the perceptions and activities of the lads and girls who nursed them.

The e-book starts in 1935 with the 1st legit file at the use of aversion remedy to strive against gay wish and keeps until eventually 1974, whilst the yank Psychiatric organization got rid of homosexuality from its diagnostic guide as a class of psychiatric illness. It thereby covers a severe interval in British queer heritage within which the reigning public discourse surrounding homosexuality shifted from crime to affliction to tolerance. the vast majority of nurses orders in administering remedy inspite of the 0 success-rate in 'straightening out' queer males, yet a small quantity surreptitiously defied their superiors by means of carrying out interesting subversive behaviours. This e-book offers an in-depth exam of either teams, and gives a few exciting insights into the hidden homosexual lives of a few of the nurses themselves, and the inevitable rigidity among their very own identities and wishes and the remedies they administered to others.

'Curing queers' makes an important and gigantic contribution to the historical past of nursing and the heritage of sexuality, bringing jointly sub-disciplines that mix simply occasionally. for that reason, it will likely be of curiosity to students and scholars in nursing, historical past, gender reports, future health care ethics and legislation, in addition to the final reader.

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21 Conrad and Schneider, Deviance and Medicalization, p. 2. 30 Introduction 22 Conrad and Schneider, Deviance and Medicalization, p. 2. 23 Peter Aggleton, Deviance (London, 1987), p. 17; Conrad and Schneider, Deviance and Medicalization, p. 2. 24 Aggleton, Deviance, p. 17. 25 Conrad and Schneider, Deviance and Medicalization, p. 2. 26 Conrad and Schneider, Deviance and Medicalization, p. 2. 27 Conrad and Schneider, Deviance and Medicalization, p. 2. 28 Michael King and Annie Bartlett, ‘British Psychiatry and Homosexuality’, British Journal of Psychiatry 175 (1999), pp.

80 However, in the process of engaging, ­interpreting and analysing their testimony, I decided to offer all participants ­anonymity, owing to my own role in writing about their past. 83 In light of these arguments, pseudonyms are used throughout the book. 84 It was also the settled practice of the common law to treat any attempt to commit a crime as an offence in itself. 85 Harry Cocks argues that during the eighteenth century the common law had also made it possible to prosecute a number of fairly new offences, which fell under the auspices of ‘unnatural crimes’.

162 This was the first major revision of mental health policy since the 1890 Lunacy Act and brought to the fore new and innovative ideas such as observation wards, outpatient clinics and aftercare facilities. It also provided for the voluntary admission of patients to mental hospitals and placed a new emphasis on a model of treatment. The implications of the introduction of this new Act of 1930 are explored in Chapter 2. The structure ahead This book shuttles between two levels of discussion throughout.

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