chapter  12
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A NEW CONCEPT OF BODY-IMAGE SYNDROMES AND GENDER IDENTITY

The concepts of the body image and the body schema are attached in the manner of Siamese twins-different, but merged. Body schema is the older term. It had its origins early in the twentieth century, in the wri tings of Henry Head on the phenomena of brain lesions and peripheral neuropathology that would alter the representation or schema of one's body and onc's body functions in one's brain. These alterations in the brain would, in cum, alter one's personal recognition of one's own body, and of the location and function of its parts and regions.