As Nature Made Him: 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... show more
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.
Publish date: August 8th 2006
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Biography Memoir
Having a passing familiarity with this case, it is horrible to read David's monologue of contentment with his life as it was at the time of publication (2000) knowing that he killed himself just a few years later.Though Colapinto tries to hold onto the idea that this book is unbiased, it is very cle...
I remember seeing the documentary about David Reimer and was very moved by it. I hope to get hold of a copy of this book one day. Why anyone would ever want consider circumsing a healthy boy is beyond me.
It is not often I can say a book turned my world view on edge but this one did. This is the story of a boy, David, who, because of a surgical accident as an infant, lost his penis and was raised a girl until he was 13 or 14. The gender reassignment never worked on him: he was always aggressive, but...
This book will make you very angry; that a child could be so maltreated by an "expert," who clearly was in need of help himself, but who was so intent on proving a theory that he disregarded substantial evidence to the contrary. You'll be angry, too, with other professionals who were reluctant to ch...
A fascinating and quite sad story about a boy whose life was ruined by the doctor who was convinced he could be made into a girl.