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John Colapinto
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2. Februar 2000

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 more 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.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper; Auflage: First Edition (2. Februar 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060196467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060192112
  • ASIN: 0060192119
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,4 x 16,5 x 2,6 cm
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Once you begin reading As Nature Made Him, a mesmerizing story of a medical tragedy and its traumatic results, you absolutely won't want to put it down. Following a botched circumcision, a family is convinced to raise their infant son, Bruce, as a girl. They rename the child Brenda and spend the next 14 years trying to transform him into a her. Brenda's childhood reads as one filled with anxiety and loneliness, and her fear and confusion are present on nearly every page concerning her early childhood. Much of her pain is caused by Dr. Money, who is presented as a villainous medical man attempting to coerce an unwilling child to submit to numerous unpleasant treatments.

Reading over interviews and reports of decisions made by this doctor, it's difficult to contain anger at the widespread results of his insistence that natural-born gender can be altered with little more than willpower and hormone treatments. The attempts of his parents, twin brother, and extended family to assist Brenda to be happily female are touching--the sense is overwhelmingly of a family wanting to do "right" while being terribly mislead as to what "right" is for her. As Brenda makes the decision to live life as a male (at age 14), she takes the name David and begins the process of reversing the effects of estrogen treatments. David's ultimately successful life--a solid marriage, honest and close family relationships, and his bravery in making his childhood public--bring an uplifting end to his story. Equally fascinating is the latest segment of the longtime nature/nurture controversy, and the interviews of various psychological researchers and practitioners form a larger framework around David's struggle to live as the gender he was meant to be. --Jill Lightner


Tells the story of a man, whose botched circumcision as a baby and subsequent surgical alteration to a female, was mistakenly used as an argument for the success of such procedures.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen IT'S NATURE...NOT NURTURE... 18. März 2005
Von Lawyeraau
This is a wonderfully written book and a fascinating look into the debate of nature versus nurture in the area of gender assignment. Intelligent and insightful, the author draws a compassionate portrait of a family who, faced with a decision in the wake of a tragedy, relies upon the advice of a well-respected doctor, which reliance turned out to be misplaced. The book details the aftermath of the family's fateful decision and the impact it was to have on them all.
In August 1965, Canadians Janet and Ron Reimer gave birth to identical twin boys, whom they named Brian and Bruce. When they were about eight months old, they arranged to have them circumcised due to a medical condition that caused them pain during urination. Circumcision was to remedy the problem. Little did they know that the circumcision for Bruce would be botched, resulting in the loss of his penis.
A plastic surgeon with whom the Reimers had consulted in connection with the catastrophe that had struck Bruce had spoken to a sex researcher who had recommended that they raise Bruce as a girl. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic had suggested that they ought to get a second opinion with regards to that suggestion. The parents then consulted with a doctor affiliated with John Hopkins Hospital, Dr. John Money, a renowned doctor in the area of gender transformation, who had been the driving force behind the then controversial surgical gender re-assignment procedure for which the hospital was becoming known.
In 1967, the distraught parents met with Dr. Money and shortly after, Bruce became Brenda and clinical castration followed. Thus, their child, who genetically and anatomically had been born a boy, was for all extent and purposes now deemed to be a girl.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best book so far this year! 28. Februar 2000
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I saw the subject of this book, David, interviewed on Oprah, and I had to read it! I finished it all in no time. The author has completely researched David's life, including the scientific/psychological debate surrounding his botched circumcision and being raised as a girl, in a manner easily understandable to those not professionals in these fields. Initially, his parents were horrified knowing that their son could never be a "normal" male after his botched circumcision and pinned all their hopes on one doctor to make him normal. It was heartbreaking to witness all the torture that he went through being raised a girl but acting more male than even his twin brother. Socially, this made him a pariah everywhere especially at school causing him to live most of his youth in misery and leading to depression and suicide attempts. This also caused more pain to his parents knowing that this experiment was failing but trusting the "famous" doctor, who recommended this sex reassignment, without question.
Additionally, this book demonstrates the tendency of some social scientist researchers to take one side on the nature vs. nurture debate and to make their findings parallel their own beliefs. Dr. Money takes the cake in being so confident in his belief that children could be completely changed to either sex with the right environment that he ignored the torture it caused David and his family. If you are interested, even remotely, about the origin of sex roles, this is must read. I, myself, was a sociology major in college; therefore, I learned about this case in a gender class and loved every part of this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Utterly fascinating 27. Juli 2000
Von Sara
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I first heard of this case three years ago, in an undergraduate sociology class. At this point in time, the case of the "John/Joan" baby raised as a girl was reported to be a total success. What a shock to learn the real truth behind this sordid story; the bewildered, trusting parents, the arrogance of the medical world, and the misery of the unfortunate victim of the incident, David. For me, the most fascinating part of the book was hearing in David's own words what the experience was like for him. However, for those interested in the nature/nurture issue, or gender research, this book also gives intriguing, detailed information about these topics.
I read this book mainly out of a morbid curiosity, but found myself touched by David's unique story. His confusion and attempts to fit into the female world were truly heartbreaking. I also felt empathy for his well-meaning parents. Whatever your reason for reading this book, you will not be dissapointed. Those interested in the scientific information also gain an understanding of the painful confusion that a sexually ambiguous individual feels. The readers who are mainly interested in the personal aspects of the story will also find themselves learning a great deal about the fascinating, age-old nature/nurture argument. I highly recommend this book!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr interessantes Buch 27. Februar 2009
Von Vera
Ich fand das Buch sehr interessant und hatte es auch relativ schnell durch. Es ist angenehm geschrieben und daher leicht zu lesen, wobei detaillierten Erklärungen nicht aus dem Weg gegangen wird.
Alllerdings widmet sich ein relativ großer Teil des Buches den behandelnden Ärzten, den zu der Zeit vorherrschenden Theorien und Diskussionen und anderen Umständen, was ich nicht erwartet hatte. Ich würde das Buch daher nicht als "Geschichte" einreihen, sonder es wirkt doch eher wie ein Bericht oder eine Dokumentation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Can I say enjoyable?
Considering the subject matter I really don't want to say this was enjoyable. The fact that it is a true story makes it actually quite horrific. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen At the roots of gender ideology: an outright lie
Colapinto tells the story of Dr. John Money, a doctor who was willing to go to almost any length to prove his idea that sexual identity is not inborn but a matter of education, and... Lesen Sie weiter...
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This is a wonderfully written book and a fascinating look into the debate of nature versus nurture in the area of gender assignment. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Dezember 2005 von Lawyeraau
4.0 von 5 Sternen A valuable account
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... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Dezember 2003 von HORAK
3.0 von 5 Sternen Extraordinary and revealing, yet also missing context
This is one of the most revealing books ever written regarding the pure drama of human experience. That's why it has been so popular and prize-winning. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juli 2000 von Todd I. Stark
4.0 von 5 Sternen A real eye opener
This book is a real eye-opener! I have both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the social science area, and read the book after seeing a TV feature on the story. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2000 von Sandra K. Stiles
4.0 von 5 Sternen A modern, real-life Greek tragedy.
Reading the story of John Money, David Reimer and the fateful, horrifying way in which their lives intersected is like reading two different Greek tragedies at once. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 2000 von Miles D. Moore
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Thank goodness the days are long gone when we put blind faith in the medical profession. The doctor who treated the twins was nothing short of a warped perverted idiot attempting... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Juni 2000 von Marion
5.0 von 5 Sternen as nature made him
i wanted to read this book after seeing the movie "boys don't cry". i was suddenly stuck with the quetion if we choose to be gay or if it is biological. Lesen Sie weiter...
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