READING: Out of 90 doctors invited to a lecture on “Homosexuality and Doctors”, none turned up. But enough people did go along to make for a lively discussion on the medical profession’s treatment of gays.
The discussion’s leader was Dr Schlicht, a consultant psychiatrist, with two general practitioners.
It was generally agreed that homosexuality was not a medical condition to be treated by prescribing medicine. The doctor’s role was more that of a friend and adviser, helping homosexuals face their situation in an otherwise hostile society.
Some in the audience felt doctors should do more to change society’s hostility towards gays, but the doctors pointed out that they had limited time and resources and homosexuality was just one of several problems they dealt with. But, they said, facilities for homosexuals had much improved recently.