Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 12
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May 19, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 12

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12 A -- Max 19. 1974 Sune/av Gazette-Mail Charleston, WeM Virginia The Job Classed Plastic Surgery, But the Results... By MICHAEL GOLDSMITH CASABLANCA. Morocco (AP) -- It's like a fashionable gynecologist's waiting room anywhere in the world. Young women, some accompanied by their husbands, anxiously await their turn while nurses scurry about. Every few days, a different kind of patient rings at Dr. Georges Burou's door: a man, invariably alone, comes by appointment to be transformed into a woman. Dr. B u r o u , 63-year-old French surgeon and gynecologist, is regarded as a pioneer of the sex change operation. Since he first developed his method in 1956, he has performed nearly 1,000 such operations. Many of his patients have been Americans. "I know of no other doctor in the world who has done more than about 60 of such interventions," he said in a rare interview. Although his renown has spread through what he calls a kind of trans-sexual mafia," Dr. Burou shuns, publicity. He waited more than 16 years before presenting the first scientific paper on his technique to a medical congress. The sun-tanned, athletic- looking physician says he entered the sex-change field almost by accident. "A patient, a French electrical engineer, pestered me for months to do it because he could no longer endure life as a man. I finally consented and tried it as an experiment. Surprisingly, it worked, and the patient has lived very satisfactorily as a woman ever since." That was in 1956. In February, 1973, Dr. Burou publicly revealed his method at a Stanford University symposium on trans-sexualism. Dr. Burou's surgical^ technique has been adopted and modified by surgeons in the United States and elsewhere. The surgery involves removal of the testicles and tissue from the penis and dissection or creation of a space for a vagina between the prostate gland and the rectum. The space is lined with skin from either the penis or a thigh, or from both. 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Two surgeons in New York City have done 100-150 each and the operation is performed at Johns H o p k i n s University, the University of Minnesota and Stanford University. Dr. Burou calls his operation "basically plastic surgery," because his newly transformed women can never hope to have babies. "But they become women in every other respect. I literally turn their genitals inside-out, as ·you reverse a glove. The sensitivity remains unchanged. The breasts develop naturally, with the help of hormone treatment." * * * , DR. BUROU said his patients come from all parts of the world and from all walks of life. Almost half of them are Americans. Others come from Western Europe and Japan. Their average age is 30 but his oldest patient was a 70-year-old German. "I often get appeals from patients to operate on their teenaged sons," Burou said. "I tell them they have to wait until the boy comes of age, because the operation is final and irreversible and you can't risk making a mistake." He said he successfully op- ·Hag'si erated on a 50-year-old French Roman Catholic priest, an Italian university professor, several fellow doctors, some writers and artists and "quite a large number of prostitutes and transvestite performers." Dr. Burou almost never follows up a former patient's career and doesn't know what happened to the priest. "I think most of them want to forget they ever had to undergo such an operation," he said. "They are nearly always people who spent all their lives yearning to be women, from the time their parents failed to understand why-the little boy wanted to play' with dolls." In recent months, he has done several reverse sex- changes, turning women into men. "There is .increasing demand for this," he said, "and the psychological reasons for it are very similar. Unfortunately it is not quite so simple. "As an experiment, I have tried to graft the semblance of a male organ on half-a-dozen women. 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