…men female dress
DAVID O. CAULDWELL
Dr. Cauldwell is a distinguished physician and sexologist who is Medical Advisor to Sexology magazine and Editor of its Question and Answer Department. A specialist in industrial and military medicine, he was formerly a civilian medical officer in the Adjutant General’s Department of the United States Army. He is the author of many books dealing with medicine, public health, sex deviations and sex education.
Among his many works are Why Males Wear Female Attire, The Intimate Embrace, William Heirens — A Study of Sex Crimes and Criminals, What Is a Hermaphrodite? and Revelations of a Sexologist, Dr. Cauldwell has made an outstanding contribution to the study to the sexual behavior of human beings during the course of a lifetime of scientific research and medical practice.
The First Authoritative Book On Transvestism
A Unique Book On An Unusual Subject
154 West 14th Street, New York 11, N. Y.
TRANSVESTISM: MEN IN FEMALE DRESS. Edited by David O. Cauldwell, M. D. (New York: Sexology Corporation, 1956. $3.oo.)
This slim volume consists of 4 articles by medical sexologists, 4 by other writers and u autobiographic statements. Most of these have been reprinted from the journal, Sexology. It is pointed out that transvestism occurs more frequently in the male than in the female. The theories of causation which vary from physical to psychological, and mixtures in between are discussed. In classification the following types are mentioned: 1. heterosexual, 2. homosexual, 3. bisexual, 4. narcissistic and 5. asexual. The autobiographies illustrate clearly how often the patient’s mother wanted a girl and literally raised her son to be one. Narcissistic, erotic,and compulsive features are also seen.
This book contributes little of value to the psychiatric profession as it is published for the general public. One feels that a well organized non-repetitious article in pamphlet form would have been more useful.
ERIC T. CARLSON, M. D.,
New York Hospital,
Cornell University Medical College
It should be noted that the this book uses the term “trans-sexualist” to refer to transsexualism and makes the claim that “transvestite” is an umbrella term saying:
Trans-sexualists (those who wish to change their sex) are always transvestites. Were this not so, they would not desire to be transformed into members of the sex to which they do not belong. (page 12)