Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity

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“Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity” by Arlene Stein

Two years ago I agreed to be interviewed by the Author Arlene Stein, for their upcoming book documenting a patient of mine undergoing chest surgery. I spoke with Arlene multiple times extensively about transgender healthcare, my practice, and my patients. I was very honest and direct with my answers, and at times, very protective of my patients and my practice as a whole.

On June 5th, 2018 Arlene Stein published her masterful work analyzing the social and psychological impact of four of my patients, not one as I had thought. I read the entire book in one evening, and though my Surgical Practice was the main topic in most of the book as these were my patients, it was still an honest observance of my medical and surgical private practice. It speaks of the good and the bad aspects, but I believe addresses the complexity of Transgender Healthcare.

I loved this book.  I love the hidden stories of my patients. The stories which I did not know and wish I did. I love that Arlene Stein was honest with her portrayel of me in the book. I am not a perfect person, but I am a good physician and I am confident in my abilities, which she points out decisively. This should be a required book for reading for anyone considering chest surgery or for loved-ones and friends of people seeking chest surgery.

If you want to understand how my practice runs and handles patients, this is pretty close, but remember this is one authors interpretation on paper. The compassion I have for all of my patients cannot be adequately portrayed in words, but this book answers a lot of questions for those who wish to undergo chest surgery.

Pick up a copy and support this author, Arlene Stein has written a true resource for everyone to learn from not just four patients, but also from the study of one Plastic Surgeon, myself.

Thank you Arlene for your contribution to a community which I hold very dear to my life’s dedication.

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“An intimate portrait of a new generation of transmasculine individuals as they undergo gender transitions

Award-winning sociologist Arlene Stein takes us into the lives of four strangers who find themselves together in a sun-drenched surgeon’s office, having traveled to Florida from across the United States in order to masculinize their chests. Ben, Lucas, Parker, and Nadia wish to feel more comfortable in their bodies; three of them are also taking testosterone so that others recognize them as male. Following them over the course of a year, Stein shows how members of this young transgender generation, along with other gender dissidents, are refashioning their identities and challenging others’ conceptions of who they are. During a time of conservative resurgence, they do so despite great personal costs.

Transgender men comprise a large, growing proportion of the trans population, yet they remain largely invisible. In this powerful, timely, and eye-opening account, Stein draws from dozens of interviews with transgender people and their friends and families, as well as with activists and medical and psychological experts. Unbound documents the varied ways younger trans men see themselves and how they are changing our understanding of what it means to be male and female in America.”

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