FROM THE INTRODUCTION BY
HARRY BENJAMIN, M.D.
Noted American endocrinologist
“As a physician and, I hope, a medical man of understanding, I salute the courage of Christine Jorgensen and the warm humanity of the Jorgensen family.
“Here is an autobiography that was long overdue. Christine Jorgensen owed its writing not only to herself and her family but also to a large number of people who similarly are searching for their true identity. Christine also most decidedly owed it to science and the medical profession. She was in duty bound to supplement the technical report made by her Danish physicians in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1953 with her own account of the inner and outer events in her still rather young life. Medically, Christine presents an almost classic case of the transsexual phenomenon or, in other words, a striking example of a disturbed gender role orientation.
“In this book Christine has written a human document of great medical value. And she has done so with extraordinarily courageous self-analysis. Her life story should forcefully support all those institutions and individuals who endorse and provide hormonal and surgical help for transsexuals, particularly the pioneering work done by Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Minnesota. Other institutions are reported ready to join in this work. For their role in extending our medical horizon, a salute is owed to them, also to those who will follow, and above all to Christine Jorgensen.”