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Author Dickinson, Tommy, author

Title 'Curing queers' : mental nurses and their patients, 1935-1974 / Tommy Dickinson
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource
Series Nursing history and humanities
Nursing history and humanities.
Contents Oppression and suppression of the sexual deviant, 1939-1967 -- Work and practice of mental nurses, 1930-1959 -- "Subordinate nurses" -- "Subversive nurses" -- Liberation, 1957-1974
Summary Drawing on a rich array of source materials including previously unseen, fascinating (and often quite moving) oral histories, archival and news media sources, 'Curing queers' examines the plight of men who were institutionalised in British mental hospitals to receive 'treatment' for homosexuality and transvestism, and the perceptions and actions of the men and women who nursed them. The book begins in 1935 with the first official report on the use of aversion therapy to combat homosexual desire and continues until 1974, when the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its d
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 29, 2015)
Subject Aversion therapy -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Cross-dressing -- Great Britain -- History.
Gay men -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Nurse and patient -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Psychiatric nursing -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1784990620 (electronic bk.)
9781784990626 (electronic bk.)