Transvestism is a firmly rooted psychological phenomenon and cultural tradition, in spite of religious, legal and social sanctions. Written 80 years ago, this book was and still is the most comprehensive treatise on the subject of transvestism, illustrating that while styles have changed, the enthusiasm of devotees has not.
Magnus Hirschfeld, MD (1868 - 1935) was a German physician who was an important theorist of sexuality and a prominent advocate of gay rights in the early twentieth century. He is credited with coining the term "transvestite." One of the founders of the scientific study of sex, Hirschfeld led the field in objective examinations of homosexuality, transvestism, and gender identity.