Wondrous Transformations

Wondrous Transformations❮Download❯ ➺ Wondrous Transformations Author Alison Li – Heartforum.co.uk A narrative history of hormone use told through the eventful life of Dr Harry Benjamin a pioneer in reshaping our notions of sex and genderToday it is standard to think of ourselves as hormonal beings A narrative history of hormone use told through the eventful life of Dr Harry Benjamin a pioneer in reshaping our notions of sex and genderToday it is standard to think of ourselves as hormonal beings We blame raging hormones for the tempests of puberty and midlife and spend our days running on adrenalin in testosterone fueled workplaces Yet this view is relatively recentAlison Li tells the fascinating history of the rise of hormone use through the life of one of its foremost pioneers A daring explorer in the areas of sex and aging as well as a celebrity doctor in s New York German born physician Harry Benjamin revolutionized the science of hormones He devoted his later life to helping people transform themselves With famous patients such as Christine Jorgensen Jan Morris and Rene Richards he would come to be known as the Father of Transsexualism Benjamin's work was groundbreaking in mid century America when homosexuality and any behavior that crossed gender lines was not only pathologized but criminalized However though his patients remember him as a compassionate physician today his approach to transgender medicine would be categorized as heteronormative and outdated Li positions Benjamin as a complicated figure who both represents a model of his time and a physician who changed medicine for the betterThis gripping history captures the beginning of the gender identity movement and highlights how over the course of the twentieth century Benjamin helped pave the way for our understanding of ourselves as chemically malleable beings.

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Wondrous Transformations PDF Ä Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Wondrous Transformations
  • Alison Li
  • 19 August 2014
  • 9780807038192

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