Medicine: Altered Ego

Ever since Danish doctors altered George (later Christine) Jorgensen to suit his inclinations (TIME, April 20, 1953), there have been more and more reports of physically normal males asking surgeons for similar operations. Such surgery, prohibited in the U.S., effects no sex transformation; male sex organs are merely removed, and hormones administered.* Information about these operations has been scant, but some U.S. doctors feel that surgeons abroad are prompted more by pity for their patients than by facts about their disorders.

In the current A.M.A. Journal, University of California Psychiatrist Frederick G. Worden...

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