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Michael Nee Laura: The World's First Female to Male Transsexual Hardcover – Apr 1989

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; First Edition edition (April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862878721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862878726
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 875,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BlueSkiesForever on 30 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
Imagine: it's the 1940s, a time when female-to-male (FTM)transsexuals are almost unknown. Transsexualism itself is poorly understood, deeply stigmatised and the prudishness and conformity of the era make it hard even to talk about it. Not only that but surgical techniques are still relatively primitive. You don't let this stop you. You use the chaos of the war as a chance to re-invent yourself (obtain new documents) and seek out a surgeon who is willing to experiment on you - because 'experiment' is the word for what Harold Gillies performed on Michael Dillon's body.

That's right, you are Michael (nee Laura) Dillon, the first FTM / trans man in the world to undergo a phalloplasty. The surgery is done in stages: there are at least 13 of these and each one is extremely debilitating, risky - basically, a voyage into the dark. At the same time you are pursuing a medical degree - which you pass - and have to fit your surgery and recovery from said surgery around the demands of your studies. And you have to cope with the fear, pain and exhaustion in secret (if anyone notices you blame "war injuries"). You daren't let your fellow students know what you're going through.

Even after the surgery you are still not free. The results are so crude that you feel unable to enter into a relationship (your one attempt, with a male-to-female transsexual is in any case rebuffed). You have to be careful not to draw unnecessary attention to yourself, taking jobs as a ship doctor rather than pursuing a speciality. Even then you end up being "unmasked".

Still, you don't give up, jump into the sea, go mad. You go to India, where you experience a spiritual awakening and embrace a new life as a Buddhist monk.
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