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In 1950, George Jorgensen boarded the ship Stockholmfor Scandinavia and returned to the United States in 1952 as Christine Jorgensen. This was the first sex reassignment surgery covered in sensational fashion by the world media. In his biography, Docter (psychology, emeritus, California State Univ., Northridge) writes with great insight about the life and social history surrounding this remarkable woman. In 1967, Jorgensen (1926-89) published a ghostwritten autobiography; Docter's biography fills in what was left out, discussing her supportive family; her life in Copenhagen with her doctor, Christian Hamburger; and the revelations to the press that made her an international sensation. Docter includes a valuable discussion on the appearance and characteristics of cross dressers contrasted with transsexuals. This biography is a fascinating companion piece to Jorgensen's autobiography. Ideally, both books should be available to readers in order to understand the woman and the psychological and social aspects of transsexuality. Endnotes and photographs amplify the book's value. Recommended for all libraries with anthropology, GLBT, psychology, and women's studies collections.
—Lisa N. Johnston