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A valuable account,
This review is from: As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl (Paperback)
In 1967, after a boy suffered a surgical failure during a circumcision, his family agreed to sexual reassignment on the advice of a famous expert in gender identity, Dr John Monney. The boy was surgically altered to live as a girl. For 25 years, John/Joan was described as a medical triumph, setting a precedent and a proof that our sense of being male or female is primarily a matter of environment and education than it is a matter of genetics. The case was however a failure because of the psychological costs which are only today coming to light. Currently living as an adult male with a family of his own, John (a pseudonym) reveals the horrid details of his childhood. Journalist John Colapinto’s remarkable work and research produced a riveting story of science, courage and survival.