A Guide to Transgender Health
State-of-the-Art Information for Gender-Affirming People and Their Supporters
by Rachel Ann Heath, PhD, and Katie Wynne, PhD, FRACP
June 2019, 268pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6308-0
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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An estimated 1.4 million transgender people live in the United States, with the highest percentages of surveyed people self-identifying as such in Hawaii, California, New Mexico, and Georgia.

Provides the most up-to-date information on transgender science and its applications, for gender-diverse people, their supporters, and the professionals who assist them to lead healthy, happy, and successful lives.

The number of people presenting at gender clinics worldwide for assistance has increased exponentially in the last decade. Transgender people also have become much more prominent in the media. An increase in political populism, however, has brought unprecedented attacks on trans* people. Covering a wealth of topics relevant to transgender people and their supporters, both social and professional, Heath and Wynne help readers to see through the flawed arguments of those who wish to inflict damage on the trans* community.

The content of this book ranges from theoretical ideas about the origin of gender diversity to practical solutions for trans* people to enjoy life in their chosen gender. Physical health topics include hormone therapy, puberty blockers, breast augmentation/reduction, gender confirmation surgery, and speech therapy. Mental health topics include dealing with discrimination, bullying, and transphobia.

The text is presented so that it can be understood with no scientific background, but is also highly relevant to the health professional. Copious footnotes and references allow those wishing to delve more deeply into the topics to do so easily. The book is also supported by readily accessible resources available online and on social media.


  • Covers the full spectrum of current knowledge on trans* health and issues
  • Surveys transgender history and defines transgender terminology
  • Addresses new developments for young and elder transgender people
  • Includes copious footnotes and references
  • Lists further resources available online and on social media
Rachel Ann Heath, PhD, is conjoint associate professor of psychology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has more than 40 years' experience in psychological research, with more than 15 years in scientific and lifestyle aspects of trans* issues. Her work has been featured in media from The New York Times and New York Daily News to BBC Radio and London metro newspapers. Heath is author of The Praeger Handbook of Transsexuality: Changing Gender to Match Mindset.

Katie Wynne, MA, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, FRACP is an endocrinologist at John Hunter Hospital and a cojoint senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is a co-author of the Australian position statement on the hormonal management of trans* individuals. Credentialed with a specialty in adult internal medicine, she earned her medical certification at King's College, London, after completing a degree in experimental psychology at Cambridge University.


"Highly recommended. All readers."—Choice, January 1, 2020
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