In 1980 the Dutch Gender Foundation (the principal organization in the provision of care for transsexuals in the Netherlands) requested the department of clinical psychology to evaluate the sex reassignment surgery (SRS) that had been conducted by the Foundation for over ten years. Around the same time a commitee of the Health Council (which is the highest medical advisory body of the Minister of Public Health) advised the long-term therapeutic effects of SRS among transsexuals be investigated. The results were meant to contribute to a parliamentary decision to change the law so that it would allow for adding a note to the birth certificate. This note would make it possible to legally assume a different gender. Against this background, we have conducted the first Dutch study on the effects of SRS (Kuiper and Cohen-Kettenis, in press).
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- Kuiper AJK, Cohen-Kettenis PT (1988) Sex reassignment surgery: therapeutically effective, but no panacea. Arch Sex Behav, in pressGoogle Scholar