the Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl. In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. the case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine and a total failure. As Nature Made Him tells the extraordinary story of David Reimer who, when finally informed of ...
the Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl. In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. the case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine and a total failure. As Nature Made Him tells the extraordinary story of David Reimer who, when finally informed of his medical history, made the decision to live as a male. A macabre tale of medical arrogance, it is first and foremost a human drama of one man's and one family's amazing survival in the face of terrible odds.
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Jun 4, 2008
fascinating, sad, tale
I was gripped by this books' ability to show the passionate side of a story through the eyes and hearts of the family it so deeply affected and the scientific almost diabolical side of the medical profession that allowed such an atrocity to exist. John Colapinto uncovered a story which was misused, misunderstood and almost hidden from the real world for many years. He exposes the doctor who encouraged and allowed these devastated young, vulnerable parents to make decisions which seemed to be more for his research and own personal gains . He takes us into the homes and hearts of the family which were truly victims in this botchery of an experiment. He also gives credit to the fine teachers and doctors whom finally allow this nightmare to be partially over.Unfortunately, since the time this book was written, things have changed dramatically. It will be necessary for the reader to do a little bit of research to learn about the rest of this story.
Jan 7, 2008
This book really challenges the question of nature vs. nurture. The author definitely grabs the reader into the plot on a personal level and constantly challenges biological theory presenting the evidence from both sides. It was required for my Evolutionary/Genetical Biology course but I strongly recommend it also as a pleasure read.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-01-17 Forget sugar, spice, snails and puppy dog tails: discussions of how little boys and little girls are made have become quite complicated over the past three decades, as scientists, feminists and social theorists debate the relative impact of "nature" and "nurture" on gender and sexual identity. Focusing on the real-life story behind sexologist Dr. John Money's famous sexual reassignment case of 1965, Colapinto, an award-winning journalist, has penned a gripping medical melodrama. After Bruce Thiessen, one of two identical male twins, lost his penis during a botched circumcision, he underwent surgery that made him anatomically female, later received estrogen injections and was raised as a girl under Money's supervision at the Psychohormonal Research Unit at Johns Hopkins. All of Money's reports of the case--which quickly appeared in textbooks as a prime example of environment trumping biology--portrayed Bruce (now Brenda) as a well-adjusted girl, although the reality was quite different. Angry, sullen and having always insisted that "she" was a boy, Brenda finally decided at age 15--after "she" finally learned of the surgery-to revert to her original sex and take the name David. Drawing on extensive interviews with the Thiessen family, "Brenda"'s therapists and friends, Colapinto has written a wrenching personal narrative and a scathing indictment of Money's methods and theories, including instances of what Colapinto and David Thiessen see as extraordinarily invasive behavior and sexual abuse in his examinations of "Brenda" and her twin brother. Although Colapinto runs into trouble when he tries to generalize about nature vs. nurture from this single case, his book is illuminating, frightening and moving. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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