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SEX TRANSFORMATION

Harry Benjamin, M.D.
JAMA. 1955;158(3):217. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030067024.
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Ta the Editor:—  In The Journal of April 9, 1955, page 1292, an article by Drs. Worden and Marsh was published entitled "Psychological Factors in Men Seeking Sex Transformation." Two of my publications were mentioned in this article and discussed. One of my statements in my article in the American Journal of Psychotherapy was so badly misunderstood or misinterpreted by the authors that I feel a correction is in order. The article by Drs. Worden and Marsh stated on page 1293 that it is my "concept that these subjects [transvestites] are constitutionally female." This is not and has never been my concept. In my article in the April, 1954, number of the American Journal of Psychotherapy I mentioned and enlarged upon the fact that sex is never 100% male or 100% female. I continued then to say (referring to severe cases of transvestism) that "a still greater degree of constitutional

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