Transsexualism in the Arts

  • John Hoenig
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (PISE)


Transsexualism is not a common condition. More or less accurate assessments of its prevalence put it at 1 in 24,000 to 37,000 in men, and 1 in 103,000 to 150,000 in women (Hoenig & Kenna, 1974; Ross, Wålinder, & Lundström 1981; Wålinder, 1968). Several studies suggested that the lower prevalence in women is mainly due to underreporting and that over the years the sex ratio comes closer to parity (Hoenig & Kenna, 1974; Wålinder, 1968). Even with the highest prevalence figures, the condition is rare enough for most physicians never to encounter such patients in an entire lifetime. Indeed, until quite recently, the reports in the medical literature, since the first such case by Fränkel (1853) to the mid-1950s, were about single cases only, with the physician describing the glaring and puzzling abnormality.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hoenig
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  1. 1.Clarke Institute of PsychiatryGender Identity ClinicTorontoCanada

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