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Author Kennedy, Pagan, 1962-

Title The first man-made man : the story of two sex changes, one love affair, and a twentieth-century medical revolution / Pagan Kennedy.

Published New York, NY : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.7680941 KENN    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Physical description 214 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical referneces (p. [206]-209) and index.
Summary "In The First Man-Made Man, author Pagan Kennedy tells the story of Michael Dillon, the first person to undergo a sex change from female to male. During a time when plastic surgery and synthetic hormones were in their infancy, Dillon pursued a course of action that was both socially unheard of and potentially life threatening. His dramatic life tells the story of more than just one man and his bid to feel comfortable in his own skin; it heralds medical breakthroughs that have forever altered the rules of living in a human body." "Dillon started out as a baby girl named Laura in 1915. By the time she reached her twenties, Laura had tried every trick she could to pass as a man: dressing in trousers, cutting her hair, binding her breasts. Then she seized upon brand-new technologies including testosterone pills and "impossible" surgeries to remake her body - and metamorphosed into Michael. Years before the term transsexual had entered the popular lexicon, Michael Dillon was living as one. Bearded and broad shouldered, with a pipe tucked into his jacket pocket, he was a quintessential British gentleman." "In the 1950s, Michael Dillon met and fell in love with Roberta Cowell, a preoperative male-to-female, and the only woman he thought would understand him. After a failed love affair - and attempts to help Roberta realize her dream of fully becoming a woman - Dillon fled first to the sea as a doctor in the merchant marine and then to India, forlorn and alone, where he began a spiritual quest through Buddhism to come to terms, once and for all, with the identity he had spent a lifetime chasing." "From upper-class orphan girl to Oxford lesbian and Trinity medical student, from public pariah to post-surgery romance and self-imposed exile, Michael Dillon's incredible story is full of heartbreak and intrigue. Ultimately, Dillon's courageous challenge to the strict biology of sex not only changed the idea of what gender really means but also helped usher in the common use of hormone therapy and plastic surgery, two twentieth-century treatments that have revolutionized modern medicine."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Dillon, Michael, 1915-1962.
Transsexuals -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Sex change -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Gender identity -- Great Britain.
ISBN 1596910151