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Treating homosexuality as a sickness:Step in the right direction has been taken

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:955
  1. Justin Varney, specialist registrar public health (
  1. Greenwich Primary Care Trust, London SE10 6QQ

    EDITOR—Smith et al bring a new voice to a practice that had been hidden in the closet of medical history,1 and Lovitt is right to say that this openness may start a path to reconcile the psychiatric and gay populations (first letter). Some schools of psychotherapy, however, still view homosexuality as an aberration capable of cure, and several targeted religious programmes of intervention …

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