05/18/2012 02:36 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, Noted Psychiatrist, Apologizes For Study On Gay 'Cure'

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The simple fact was that he had done something wrong, and at the end of a long and revolutionary career it didn't matter how often he'd been right, how powerful he once was, or what it would mean for his legacy.

Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, considered by some to be the father of modern psychiatry, who turns 80 next week, lay awake at 4 o'clock on a recent morning knowing he had to do the one thing that comes least naturally to him.

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