Gender identity change in a transsexual: an exorcism

Arch Sex Behav. 1977 Sep;6(5):387-95. doi: 10.1007/BF01541182.


Gender identity change in a conservatively diagnosed 21-year-old transexual after faith healing was fortuitously observed, was objectively and independently measured, and is reported. This case, and other recent developments, suggests a reexamination of the possibilities of psychosocial intervention to modify atypical gender identity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast / drug effects
  • Estrogens / therapeutic use
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Identification, Psychological*
  • Male
  • Mental Healing*
  • Transsexualism / drug therapy
  • Transsexualism / psychology
  • Transsexualism / therapy*


  • Estrogens