Provocative Novel Tackles Today’s Prevalent Issue: Transsexualism

Martinez, California (EastBayDaily) — Trapped by author Daniel C. Merrill, M.D., is an in-depth study that provides understanding on one of today’s predominant condition—Transsexualism. This historical fiction is based on the author’s experience with the male transsexuals he cared for at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Center in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Readers will explore, learn and understand Transsexualism deeper through the story of three transsexuals that will surely broaden their awareness.

This book is a groundbreaking masterpiece that will challenge the readers’ position on the issue of Transsexualism. Here, Merrill uses his wide-ranging knowledge and time-tested experience to uncover the truth and provide relevant information on gender identification and sexual preference abnormalities. He selected three of the 15 or so transsexuals he met and cared for at the university as the main characters of this novel. These people are real, and he has made every attempt to portray them as accurately as possible. Each of these characters has a unique story to tell with respect to their lives as transsexuals before and, in one instance, after sex-reassignment surgery. Their story will become the portal of understanding for the readers as it reveals what the characters had endured to become normal in the way that people consider themselves to be either a normal male or female.

Merrill makes a compelling case for those who were somehow born with the wrong sexual orientation. Trapped is a significant instrument that will lead readers to a better understanding of what it means to be a transsexual, gay or lesbian person—a powerful book that can help institute and inspire unrestricted acceptance of the transsexuals to the society.    

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About the Author Dr. Daniel C. Merrill’s family was pioneer of the Seventh Day Adventist Colony in Eel Rock, Calif., in 1933. They moved to Myers Flat on the more populous South Fork of the Eel in 1958. Merrill graduated from the South Fork High School in 1955 and received a BA in Physiology from the University of California at Berkeley, four years later. He graduated from the University of Southern California Medical School in 1963 and became the first person from Southern Humboldt County to become a medical doctor. After completing his internship and a year of surgical residency in California, he moved to Minnesota, where he performed his Urology Residency under the late Don Creevy at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Center in Minneapolis. He completed a National Institutes of Health Special Fellowship in Urology in 1969 and joined the university’s Urology faculty in 1971. In 1973, Merrill was recruited by the University of California at Davis to administer their Urology Residency program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinez, Calif. Merrill served as chief of Urology at that institution until its closure in 1991. Merrill and his wife, Tina, have two daughters. They have lived in the Bay Area for the past 39 years. Merrill has written numerous books and articles pertaining to the field of urology and several books on subjects not related to the medical field, as noted in the last pages of this book. This is his first work of fiction.

Trapped * by Daniel C. Merrill, M.D. Publication Date: September 18, 2012 Trade Paperback; $19.99; 117 pages; 978-1-4797-0189-6 Trade Hardback; $29.99; 117 pages; 978-1-4797-0190-2

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