Transsexualism: a Medical Retrospective (1) Kindle Edition
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On the other hand, the author spends a good portion of the book on an overview of neurobiology and other areas of medical research as it relates to transsexuality. Here I found material I have seen nowhere else. The comment that Testicular Determining Factor can be passed on either the X or Y chromosome is an example. The scientific overview alone makes the book worthwhile.
Finally, the author has strong philosophical interests. Anyone interested in the roots of the psychological struggle experienced by transsexuals will find her thoughts interesting.
All in all, a mixed review. Still quite worthwhile to one who knows the current lay of the land. Not recommended for someone new to the topic due to the dated material, however.
Written with professionalism and the added insights of an inside view to the subject matter, this work has given me peace concerning my child, who was born with the genitalia of a boy, and the consciousness and mind of a girl.
Before reading Sarah Seton's book, the four years of trying to come to terms with what my child was saying to me were an exercise in futility, fraught with guilt (certainly i did something wrong) or doubt and denial, (surely this is a phase that will one day be outgrown).
Thanks to her unique position of being both a medical professional and a person with the 'condition', her scholarly approach took on a much more authoritative air.
In addition, this timely book has afforded me with a way to draw others in our lives into an intelligent and commons sense dialogue about a subject which is outside the usual scope for our friends and family.
I even gave a copy to my daughter's counselor, (who doesn't have training in transgender issues,)
Kudos to Sarah Seton (aka Rachel Tortolini) for the excellent book!
This book is part memoir, part medical science, and part political philosophy. The memoir part is a snapshot in time, the time frame being her transition in 1980 and the decade after that. The medical science part includes the physiology and anatomy of gender and sexuality. And the political philosophy part analyzes transsexuality from the perspective of privilege, stigma, oppression, persecutor and victim.
Being a transsexual is not easy. It wasn't easy for the author. She lost her career as a psychiatrist when she transitioned, and then found her way as a general practitioner. Although the social conditions for transsexuals have improved, much of this book is still relevant.
This little book is a worthwhile read, although difficult in parts, it is informative and moving.
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