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As Nature Made Him: 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...

John Colapinto chronicles the heart rending story of David Reimer, born male only to be raised as a female, in his book As Nature Made Him. This true story stands as a testament to how powerful ideologies can influence and direct the scientific process. Throughout the book we recognize how Dr. John Money's portrayal of the “John/Joan” case, as it came to be known, contrasted drastically to the actual experience of David, as Brenda. This contradiction between the doctors’ perception of the situation and the suffering of David and his family drives the book to present a compelling story that strikes to the heart of the nature versus nurture debate. At the heart of each experience we can observe how beliefs and theories of childhood development drove the actions of John Money, and could be used to describe David's own experience. The nature versus nurture clash in David's story can be analyzed and understood through three prominent theories. First we can examine the influence that Sigmund Freud had on the prevailing attitudes at the time of David's birth. This aids us in our comprehension of how and why a medical and scientific community would consider an attempt to reassign gender. With the belief that gender was learned, Dr. 1

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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.