Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 379–383 | Cite as

Exorcism as psychiatric treatment: A homosexual case study

  • Michael W. Ross
  • Olli W. Stålström


A case of exorcism as apparently successful treatment for transsexualism has previously been reported. The actual procedure in a similar case of exorcism by a psychiatrist is reported, together with details of the outcome and a discussion of theoretical, applied, and ethical aspects of the case.

Key words

ethics exorcism homosexuality treatment 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael W. Ross
    • 1
  • Olli W. Stålström
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of SociologyUniversity of HelsinkiFinland

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