Freud’s letter on Homosexuality

September 2016

A recent judicial decision in Brasil  has allowed  psychologists to offer sexual reversal therapy, known as a ‘gay cure’, a treatment banned by the Federal Council of Psychology since 1999.

What would Freud say about it? See “a letter on homosexuality” (1935), sent by Freud to the mother of a homossexual, available online in the Library of Congress.

“Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation, it cannot be classified as an illness,” says the letter.

See in our blog:

Sigmund Freud papers – This digital collection gathers Freud’s letters, photographs, writings and interviews, reflecting his relationship with family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients.

Related papers in HCS-Manguinhos:

Huertas, Rafael. Las obsesiones antes de Freud: historia y clínicaHist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Dic 2014, vol.21, no.4, p.1397-1415. ISSN 0104-5970

Novella, Enric J. Viajes y redes profesionales en los orígenes del alienismo español. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Dic 2016, vol.23, no.4, p.1023-1040. ISSN 0104-5970

Allevi, José Ignacio. Sociabilidades, redes y circulación de saberes en la conformación de un “ámbito psi” en la Argentina de entreguerras (Santa Fe, 1919-1943). Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Jun 2016, vol.23, no.2, p.543-550. ISSN 0104-5970

Tenório, Fernando. A reforma psiquiátrica brasileira, da década de 1980 aos dias atuais: história e conceitos. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Abr 2002, vol.9, no.1, p.25-59. ISSN 0104-5970

Tenório, Fernando. Psicanálise, configuração individualista de valores e ética do social. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Jun 2000, vol.7, no.1, p.117-134. ISSN 0104-5970

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