A Natural History of Homosexuality
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A terrible sin, a gift from the gods, a mental illness, a natural human variation--over the centuries homosexuality has been defined in all these ways. Now, in a generous work which synthesizes research in biology, history, psychology, and politics, psychiatrist Francis Mondimore explores the complex landscape of sexual orientation and explains how homosexuality has been understood and defined from ancient times to the present. 11 illustrations.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 144 x 226 x 28mm | 498.95g
  • 30 Oct 1996
  • JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Baltimore, MD
  • English
  • 11 black & white illustrations
  • 0801854407
  • 9780801854408
  • 497,644

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Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D., is a psychiatrist and a member of the clinical faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is author of Depression, The Mood Disease, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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Expressly meant for those not in the know on subjects like the historical persecution of gays, the psychology and biology of homosexuality, social issues like 'stigma management,' and even the thorny problems of transsexualism and transvestitism... A valuably balanced study written in clear language. Publishers Weekly Mondimore, a psychiatrist and author of Depression, the Mood Disease, adds this unique and thoughtful study of the growing number of titles on the subject of Homosexuality...what is unique is the author's ability to distill a vast array of data to create cogent, readable prose...Given the current level of discourse in our culture on this issue, Mondimore adds an important and reasonable, voice to the mix, and his work deserves wide readership. Library Journal This book is informative, concise, simple to read, and an excellent resource book. -- Rev. Dale PritchardPh.d Lambda Book Report An often well-researched and warmly presented book. Journal of the American Medical Association This book will serve as an excellent introduction for students. The practicing physician can recommend it to patients... Dr. Mondimore has packed an impressive amount of information into 250 pages; the result is the best overall presentation of homosexuality that I have seen. -- Richard Pillard, M.D. The New England Journal of Medicine

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