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WOMAN'S OPERATION

MAGISTRATE'S CRITICISM

P.A. AUCKLAND, November 22. "How far medical rule applies in this matter I do not know, but I think it should be brought before the British Medical Association or its council for the purpose of defining a rule or course of conduct," said Mr. Luxford, S.M., in the Magistrate's Court in commenting on a statement made by counsel that one of his woman clients had undergone an operation for the removal of her breasts. Mr. W. King told the Magistrate that a woman who had masqueraded as a

man had consulted two reputable surgeons for the purpose. The Magistrate asked if the operation was performed for the purpose of giving the woman the appearance of a man or for a diseased condition, or was it done to destroy the effect of femininity. Mr. King (after leaning over to consult defendant): I am instructed it was at the request of defendant, with the idea of removing any cause for suspicion and so' as not to embarrass her in her work as a labourer. Mr. Luxford: It was not done for any medical reason? Mr. King: No sir. • "It seems prima facie to me that the act of a surgeon who operates on the human body for the purpose only of enabling her too masquerade as a man is inherently wrong," Mr. Luxford said. "As to how far medical rule applies in this matter I do not know, but I think it should be brought before the British Medical Association or its council for the purpose of denning a rule or course of conduct. It seems a very wrong practice, but the doctor has not yet been heard. He is not here. There may have been very good reasons for what he did, but I am just commenting on the fact that Mr. King said the operation was performed to make a masquerade as a male." '->

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WOMAN'S OPERATION, Evening Post, Volume CXL, Issue 125, 23 November 1945

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WOMAN'S OPERATION Evening Post, Volume CXL, Issue 125, 23 November 1945

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