As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl

Paperback | August 8, 2006

byJohn Colapinto

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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.

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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, m...

John Colapinto has written forVanity Fair, The New Yorker, Esquire, Mademoiselle, Us Weekly,andRolling Stone,where the landmark National Magazine Award-winning article that was the basis forAs Nature Made Himfirst appeared. He is also the author of the novelAbout the Author. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:August 8, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061120561

ISBN - 13:9780061120565

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"...An engaging book. 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; a bully of a doctor unwilling to admit failure; a family torn apart by guilt. David's courageous and unlikely victory--today he's a happily married stepfather of three--shows us how psychololgy's theories du jour can be painfully, dreadfully wrong. A gut-wrenching, absorbing account (People magazine)