As Nature Made Him by John Colapinto
The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl

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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.


About John Colapinto

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John Colapinto has written for "Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Esquire, Mademoiselle, Us Weekly, " and "Rolling Stone, " where the landmark National Magazine Award-winning article that was the basis for "As Nature Made Him" first appeared. He is also the author of the novel "About the Author". He lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Published March 5, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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Publicly and falsely touted as an unqualified success, David’s case—exploited as a gaudy feather in the cap of nurturists over naturists, proof that the gender gap was not biological but environmental—ushered in a period when sex-reassignment surgery became standard treatment in situations where ...

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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 b...

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Given access to Reimer's psychiatric files, family and friends, the author reconstructs a horrific tale: a scrappy kid made to wear pink and pearls;

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