As Nature Made Him (John Colapinto)
The so-called twins, or John/Joan case, is one of the most famous in modern medicine and the social sciences, cited repeatedly over the past thirty years as proof that our sense of being male or female is not inborn but primarily the result of how we are raised.
The case set the precedent for sex reassignment as standard treatment for thousands of intersex children every year. But now David Reimer, the subject of this misguided experiment, has come forward to tell how it was a failure from the outset. Read chapter excerpt at MSNBC.
As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl by John Colapinto, HarperCollins (2000).
This book is based on The True Story of John/Joan, orginally published in Rolling Stone.
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