American Psychiatry and Homosexuality
An Oral History
Edited by Jack Drescher, Joseph P. Merlino
Routledge – 2007 – 326 pages
Interviews and first-hand accounts of an historic decision that affected the mental health profession—and American society and culture
Through the personal accounts of those who were there, American Psychiatry and Homosexuality: An Oral History examines the 1973 decision by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM). This unique book includes candid one-on-one interviews with key mental health professionals who played a role in the APA’s decision, those who helped organize gay, lesbian, and bisexual psychiatrists after the decision, and others who have made significant contributions in this area within the mental health field.
American Psychiatry and Homosexuality presents an insider’s view of how homosexuality was removed from the DSM, the gradual organization of gay and lesbian psychiatrists within the APA, and the eventual formation of the APA-allied Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP). The book profiles 17 individuals, both straight and gay, who made important contributions to organized psychiatry and the mental health needs of lesbian and gay patients, and illustrates the role that gay and lesbian psychiatrists would later play in the mental health field when they no longer had to hide their identities.
Individuals profiled in American Psychiatry and Homosexuality include:
Gittings, Preface: Show-and-Tell. Drescher & Merlino, Introduction. Part I: The 1973 APA Decision. Scasta, John E. Fryer, MD, and the Dr. H. Anonymous Episode. Sbordone, An Interview with Charles Silverstein, PhD. Drescher, An Interview with Lawrence Hartmann, MD. Hire, An Interview with Robert Jean Campbell III, MD. Rosario, An Interview with Judd Marmor, MD. Drescher, An Interview with Robert L. Spitzer, MD. Part II: The Early Founders of AGLP. Hire, An Interview with Frank Rundle, MD. Barber, An Interview with David R. Kessler, MD. Barber, An Interview with Nanette Gartrell, MD. Ashley, An Interview with Stuart E. Nichols, MD. Hunter, Remembering Emery Hetrick, MD. Part III: Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists of Note. Merlino, An Interview with Bertram H. Schaffner, MD. Rosario, An Interview with Martha J. Kirkpatrick, MD. Mitchell, An Interview with Richard A. Isay, MD. Lynch, An Interview with Richard C. Pillard, MD. Drescher, An Interview with Edward Hanin, MD. Lynch, An Interview with Ralph E. Roughton, MD. Barber, Afterword: Today and Tomorrow.