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The Biology of Homosexuality$
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Jacques Balthazart

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199838820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838820.001.0001

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General Conclusions

General Conclusions

11 General Conclusions
The Biology of Homosexuality

Jacques Balthazart

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the accumulated knowledge and the questions that remain unanswered. It then shows how scientific information collected over the past twenty or thirty years can and should probably change certain aspects of medical practice and also, in a much more important manner, the general attitude of society toward homosexuals (and also probably transsexuals). It shows that hormonal, genetic, and possibly immunological factors acting to a large extent during the embryonic life or during early infancy play an import role in the determination of sexual orientation. It further argues that there is still no psychoanalytic, psychological, or sociological explanation of homosexuality.

Keywords:   homosexuality, sexual orientation, neurobiology, transsexuals

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