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Trans Bodies Trans Selves

October 19, 2017

By Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA


Paperback: 672 pages                                                                              

Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 10, 2014)



Trans Bodies Trans Selves provided an amazing resource for myself as a therapist and as an educator. I have recommended this book to new clinicians and interns who have questions about transgender topics. The book covers health, biology, psychology, history, culture and politics. It presents personal stories from the perspective of transgender identifying individuals, family members, professionals and community leaders.  The visuals included are well done and informative.  I personally gained the understanding of the mechanics of “tucking” after reading the book.  The explanation of Sexual Reassignment Surgery was comprehensive and informative.  It presents information that I can use with clients during sessions when discussing surgery options.  Trans Bodies Trans Selves has taught me and my clinical team so much about working with members of the transgender community and their needs.  I feel that this book should be a part of every clinical and medical professional’s library. The only downfall I found with the book was that it was awkward to handle due to size.


Author Bio: Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA, is a psychiatry resident at New York University Medical Center. She is a board member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, as well as the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. She is a founding member of the Gender and Family Network of New York City, a group for service providers interested in the health of gender non-conforming children and adolescents.



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