aware that I would meet opposition in various quarters and by nomeans only the medical. Breaking a tabu always stirs quick emotions,although attempts to rationalize may follow. How great this tabu isthat aims to protect man’s sex or gender was for the first time wellemphasized
by Johann Burchard, psychiatrist at the University of Hamburg.
The forces of nature, however, know nothing of this tabu, and factsremain facts. Intersexes exist, in body as well as in mind. I have seentoo many transsexual patients to let their picture and their suffering beobscured by uninformed albeit honest opposition. Furthermore, I feltthat after fifty years in the practice of medicine, and in the evening of life, I need not be too concerned with a disapproval that touches muchmore on morals than on science.
Nevertheless, encouragement was needed. That came, directly orindirectly, from those doctors and friends, here and abroad, whothemselves had observed the transsexual phenomenon in somepatients and had formed
an independent opinion. To these unnamedsupporters go my heartfelt thanks; so also to my collaborators in thisvolume, science writer Dr. G. B. Lal, psychiatrist Dr. Richard Green,and sexologist-writer R. E. L. Masters. And not least to the publisherMr. Arthur Ceppos, president of the Julian Press. Likewise to myassociate Dr. Leo Wollman, surgeon-gynecologist, for his editorialadvice in technical matters. Also to my friend Dr. Wardell Pomeroy forhis frequent valuable assistance, as well as to Mr. Richard D. Levidow,New York attorney-at-law, for checking the accuracy of the chapter onlegal aspects.
My sincere appreciation goes also to Dr. Robert W. Laidlaw and Dr.Johannes Burchard, psychiatrists, and to editor Mr. Brooking Tatum fortheir encouragement and interest in this book.
Indirect encouragement came unexpectedly when Mr. Reed Erickson,chairman of the Erickson Educational Foundation, offered me a grantfor three years to conduct research in transvestism andtranssexualism. This research has been in progress for only a shorttime and is, therefore, not included in the present book; however, ithas given welcome moral support to its writing. My sincere thanks toMr. Erickson for this support, and also to all my collaborators who aretaking an active part in this research. Let us hope their names willsoon appear in coming publications, publications that may well modify,change, supplement, or confirm statements in the chapters that are tofollow.
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