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Theories of Transsexualism

  • Leslie M. Lothstein
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 22)

Abstract

Although transsexualism is recognized as ‘un mal ancien’, which has historical, mythological, cultural and anthropological roots, it was not until 1980 that it was formally recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a serious emotional disorder [1]. In fact, the term, ‘transsexual,’ only appeared in the literature in 1949 [9] and it was not until 1966 that it was accorded clinical status by Benjamin [4] whose pioneering work, The Transsexual Phenomenon, provided the first textbook on transsexualism. In this sense, one must regard the clinical disorder of transsexualism as a recent phenomenon.

Keywords

Gender Identity Gender Dysphoria Prenatal Hormone Transsexual Patient Male Transsexual 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie M. Lothstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of LivingHartfordUSA

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