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    • May 15, 2012 6:11 PM BST
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      First a word about the title. Those of you familiar with the history of this subject will be
      quick to notice that the subtitle refers to Dr. Harry Benjamin’s ground breaking work,
      The Transsexual Phenomenon1, published in 1966. Prior to its publication, very little
      had been entered into the medical literature about the subject2,3,4,5,6. The few works
      that were published tended to be about cross dressing (transvestism) in men and gave
      the impression that the “disorder” was one of perverse sexuality. Benjamin, on the other
      hand, was one of the first to think in terms of “sex” being the physical manifestation of
      the body while “gender” and gender expression as being a totally different aspect of what
      it means to be human. Further more, he writes that he believed that gender was
      indelibly imprinted on the brain either in utero or shortly after birth. Instead of seeing
      his patients as being delusional and suffering from a sexual perversion, he saw his
      patients as suffering from a form of intersexuality7; having the body of one sex but the
      gender of the other. It is this paradigm shift in thinking that makes his work so


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