The First Man-Made Man
The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution
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In the 1920s when Laura Dillon felt like a man trapped in a woman's body, there were no words to describe her condition; "transsexuals "had yet to enter common usage. And there was no known solution to being stuck between the sexes. Laura Dillon did all she could on her own: she cut her hair, dressed in men's clothing, bound her breasts with a belt. But in a desperate bid to feel comfortable in her own skin, she experimented with breakthrough technologies that ultimately transformed the human body and revolutionized medicine. From upper-class orphan girl to Oxford lesbian, from post-surgery romance with Roberta Cowell (an early male-to-female) to self-imposed exile in India, Michael Dillon's incredible story reveals the struggles of early transsexuals and challenges conventional notions of what gender really means.
Praise For The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution…
Praise for The First Man-Made Man:"This book is pure brilliance--the research, the execution, the wonder and heartbreak. What an incredible story. What is it to be a human being? Who are we? Everyone should read this book as we stumble through our lives."--Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and The Great Failure Praise for Black Livingstone:
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Bloomsbury USA, 9781596910157, 224pp.
Publication Date: March 6, 2007