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Doubts About Masters and Johnson's "Gay Conversion" Cases Cited in Scientific America, More Fully Explained in New Biography

Today, the Scientific American published a short, adapted online excerpt from my new biography of Masters and Johnson, detailing the doubts about the "gay convertion" case studies cited in their 1979 book about homosexuality. It's interesting to how the media treated this book in the past (see video of Tom Brokaw's question to William Masters) and what I learned in the research and interviews for my new biography, "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How To Love."
But this SciAm piece is only a small part of this debate and I urge anyone who is interested to read this chapter carefully and thoroughly.


From Scientific American, April 22, 2009
By Thomas Maier
A British survey published last month found that one in 25 therapists would assist gay and bisexual patients attempting to convert to heterosexuality. That's despite the fact that many medical groups, including the American Medical As…

Doubts Surrounding "Gay Conversion" Case Studies of Masters and Johnson

Can Psychiatrists Really "Cure" Homosexuality?
Masters and Johnson claimed to convert gays to heterosexuality in a 1979 book. But did they?
By Thomas Maier

A British survey published last month found that one in 25 therapists would assist gay and bisexual patients attempting to convert to heterosexuality. That's despite the fact that many medical groups, including the American Medical Association, have for years condemned such practices, saying they don't work and can actually cause harm.
It may not be surprising that Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson and televangelist pastor Jerry Falwell, among many others, have supported programs designed to convert homosexuals away from "sin" and into the arms of God-fearing heterosexuality. But what may surprise you is one of the research sources cited by the Catholic Medical Association in 2006 when it declared that science "counters the myth that same-sex attraction is genetically predetermined …