A famous psychiatrist apologizes for being wrong about a gay cure for both men and women. Dr. Robert Spitzer, 79, is a retired professor of psychologist and psychiatry and most likely the first scientist to admit he’s incorrect for his professional opinion.
The Thomas William Salmon Medal winner feels that it is important to correct himself for stating that there is a cure for being gay.
Prior to now, the psychiatrist recommended that highly motivated homosexuals to undergo reparative therapy to cure their problem of being attracted to the same sex. A draft of Spitzer’s apologetic letter was leaked online.
“I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy. I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some ‘highly motivated’ individuals, Spitzer states.”
He went on to speak about it being the biggest mistake of his entire career.
“You know, it’s the only regret I have; the only professional one,” Spitzer said of the study. “And I think, in the history of psychiatry, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a scientist write a letter saying that the data were all there but were totally misinterpreted. Who admitted that and who apologized to his readers.”