In 1967, after a baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment On the advice of a renowned expert in gender identity and sexual reassignment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the boy was surgically altered to live as a girl This landmark case, initially reported to be a complete success, seemed all the remarkable since the child had been born an identical twin his uninjured brother, raised as a boy, provided to the experiment the perfect matched control.The so called twins case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine and the social sciences cited repeatedly over the past thirty years as living proof that our sense of being male or female is not inborn but primarily the result of how we are raised A touchstone for the feminist movement, the case also set the precedent for sex reassignment as standard treatment for thousands of newborns with similarly injured, or irregular, genitals.But the case was a failure from the outset From the start the famous twin had, in fact, struggled against his imposed girlhood Since age fourteen, when finally informed of his medical history, he made the decision to live as a male John Colapinto tells this extraordinary story for the first time in As Nature Made Him Writing with uncommon intelligence, insight, and compassion, he also sets the historical and medical context for the case, exposing the thirty year long scientific feud between Dr John Money and his fellow sex researcher, Dr Milton Diamond a rivalry over the nature nurture debate whose very bitterness finally brought the truth to light A macabre tale of medical arrogance, As Nature Made Him is first and foremost a human drama of one man s and one family s amazing survival in the face of terrible odds The human intimacy of the story is all the greater for the subject s courageous decision to step out from behind the pseudonym that has shrouded his identity for the past thirty years....
|Title||:||As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl|
|Publisher||:||Harper First Edition edition February 2, 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||279 pages|
|File Size||:||997 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl Reviews
An amazing and heartbreaking story that formed the basis for a LAW AND ORDER episode some years ago. A baby boy suffered a botched circumcision at birth, and the decision was made by his radical-constructionist pediatrician to raise him as a girl, with hormones and everything. It didn't work, but the story is fascinating, upsetting, and extremely well-written.
WOW - What an interesting and sad story. This is a true story, and extremely well written and easy to read. You will not be able to put it down. What this young child, teenager, and adult had to endure was horrible. The book ends on an upbeat and positive note. But the story doesn’t end there. You must read the “Update” at the end. The book is basically an old argument regarding “nature” versus “nurture”. Which is the more powerful? After reading the book, you will probably be convinced. What is sadder is that this was a common procedure performed on little boys. And in some places still is.
Whether your interest in this book is part of a social sciences or gender studies context, or you just want to read it for the sheer pleasure of reading, "As Nature Made Him" is captivating and entertaining. It is the story of a set of lives ruined by the quacky science and self-serving ego of one man, Dr. John Money, then-head of Johns Hopkins Psychohormonal Research Unit, a department Money founded and promulgated.
This was required reading for a Human Sexuality course that I took in college and it surprisingly became one of my favorite books. This story was very heartbreaking and an eye opening examination on gender identity.
I read this in one day. I was utterly surprised by what I learned from this. As a man who struggled with sexual identification myself, I thought I knew everything there was to know on the subject. Not so.