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Galenson, E. (1988). Presentations of Gender: By Robert J. Stoller. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press, 1985, 219 pp., $22.00.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 36:1075-1079.

(1988). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 36:1075-1079

Presentations of Gender: By Robert J. Stoller. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press, 1985, 219 pp., $22.00.

Review by:
Eleanor Galenson, M.D.

A comprehensive review of the development of Stoller's views on human sexuality and its disorders, and several significant new formulations based on carefully detailed analytic material comprise the major portion of this latest addition to Stoller's already impressive list of publications. In his uniquely rich, expressive, and yet uncluttered style, Stoller summarizes the evolution of his work, beginning with his first clinical encounter with a woman who appeared like a normal male, going on to studies of many patients applying for sex changes, and including 15 cases of boys who showed marked femininity (four or five years old when he first observed them), and 14 families of female transsexuals. This wealth of clinical experience, combined with Stoller's careful analysis of his data, earns him his position as one of the most outstanding contributors to the study of human sexuality.

Following the review of his past work, Stoller tackles the problem of sexual perversions, particularly fetishism, from yet another vantage point, presenting a fascinating account of the analytic treatment of the mother of a three-and-a-half-year-old boy fetishist whose perversity began at age two and a half years or even earlier.

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