WARNING: This article contains graphic content of a sexual nature and may be offensive to some readers.
Contrary to what the left says, there is a lot of success in the idea that some gay people can be turned around from the practice with proper therapy. That said, there are times when the help does not work, and sometimes that is the fault of the caregiver. That may certainly be the case as Dr. Melvyn Iscove, 72, was found to have been having sex with his male patients as they went to him for help with the issue, according to the Star.
Iscove is a Toronto psychiatrist who holds to the traditional scientific findings of conversion therapy which show that homosexuality is a “sexual disorder,” and something that can be helped. While each case is different, this is true for a great number of homosexuals, even if they wish not to admit it. Regrettably, this branch of scientific thought just suffered a black eye as this Canadian doctor was found to have engaged in sex with at least two of his male patients.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s discipline committee found that he showed a “special interest in the treatment of patients with problems related to homosexuality.” The reason for such an interest seems to have revealed itself in the interests of this doctor, who betrayed those who trusted him.
It is known that he “engaged in mutual masturbation and oral sex with two male patients on different occasions,” even while therapy was to be taking place. Sodomy was even engaged in within the office.
Since he is already in trouble for a case pending regarding “improper conduct in a public men’s washroom,” things are looking worse and worse for the man.
“Neither complainant described any emotional or romantic aspects of the sexual activity with Dr. Iscove, and both said that at some point, they thought that the sexual activity was part of the therapy and an attempt to cure them of homosexuality by engaging in the acts, rather than fantasizing about them,” the five-member panel wrote.
The doctor’s license to practice medicine has been suspended, and if a guilty verdict is reached, he will have it revoked.
He asked a person known only as “(Patient A),” “What are you thinking you want to do?” for saying, “You may touch me if you like.” From there, the confused patient felt the man’s hardened penis.
“(Patient B) considered beginning a homosexual affair with an unspecified male. After discussing this with Dr. Iscove, who persuaded him that a random partner was undesirable, Dr. Iscove made it known that he, himself, would be available,” the panel also discovered. It would appear from this that the doctor was doing nothing but exploiting what he called a “disorder” to feed his own homo-erotic lusts.
“We’re both very disappointed with the result, obviously,” admitted the doctor’s lawyer, Alfred Kwinter. “Dr. Iscove has always denied the allegations, he continues to do so, and he’s seriously considering an appeal.”
Up until 1992, homosexuality was considered a disorder. Against the advice of a very large number of people within the medical community, it was removed from the list and in 2005, Canada made the horrible decision to ban “conversion therapy,” a treatment that was a great benefit to many who honestly pursued it.
As the debate rages on, there are plenty of people who have been helped and those who call the idea of a “gay cure” quackery, both vying for attention. Since chemicals like BPA can alter hormones and make a person soft towards their own gender, it may not be as cut and dry as either side says.
While answers are sought, it would certainly be helpful if the waters were not muddied by doctors who can’t seem to tell the difference themselves.