The First Man-Made Man by Pagan Kennedy
The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution

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In the 1920s, when Laura Dillon felt like a man trapped in a woman's body, there were no words to describe her condition; transsexual had yet to enter common usage. And there was no known solution to being stuck between the sexes. In a desperate bid to feel comfortable in her own skin, she experimented with breakthrough technologies that ultimately transformed the human body and revolutionized medicine. Michael Dillon's incredible story, from upper-class orphan girl to Buddhist monk, reveals the struggles of early transsexuals and challenges conventional notions of what gender really means.

About Pagan Kennedy

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Pagan Kennedy is the author of 10 books in a variety of genres, including The Exes, The First Man-Made Man, Spinsters, Stripping, and Confessions of a Memory Eater, which was featured in Entertainment Weekly as an "EW pick." She is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, and has published articles in The New York Times. She also has been the recipient of a Barnes and Noble Discover Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Smithsonian Fellowship for science writing. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Published December 11, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Gay & Lesbian, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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She began taking testosterone pills in 1938 and was attending medical school as Michael Dillon when she learned of the revolutionary work being done by plastic surgeons to repair wartime injuries.

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A book about the person whose sex change surgery is considered the first of the modern era.

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In 1950, Michael Dillon, a dapper, bearded medical student, met Roberta Cowell, a boyish-looking woman, for lunch in a discreet London restaurant.

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Long before tennis star Renée Richards broke ground for transsexuals in the late 1970s, Laura Dillon became a man in the '40s.

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