As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl by John ColapintoAs Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl by John Colapinto

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

byJohn Colapinto

Paperback | August 8, 2006

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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.

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.
Title:As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a GirlFormat: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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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A bit slow at the beginning but a very interesting read
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting This was a really interesting read about a botched circumcision on a baby boy, and the ultimate decision of his parents and doctors to raise the child as a girl. The parts of the story outlining the ridiculous "research" done by Dr. Money had me furious, but otherwise, the true tale of Bruce/Brenda/David Reimer was fascinating.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This topic and book came up in one of my classes at school and I decided that I wanted to check out the book. Did not regret that decision one bit!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read First heard about this book in a university class because I was intrigued by it and the book turned out to be really great. Very fascinating
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing and Fascinating In another review on this site somebody mentioned David took his own life, which was in 2004. Sadly, in 2002 the twin brother Brian committed suicide as well. He was schizophrenic and overdosed on anti-depressants. RIP Reimer brothers, I hope you're not suffering any more
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Agonizing read I don't think I can do justice to this book with a review, but suffice it to say that in turn, I was angry, astounded, frustrated, sorrowful, overwrought and sobbing. This is the story of a boy, one of a set of twins, whose botched circumcision and a doctor with a scary lack of ethics and an agenda to prove, forced a young boy to be raised as a girl. The absolute horror of this young child's life is gut-punching hard to read. This is his story, and the fact that he survived to tell it is astounding enough, but the tale itself doesn't end where the book does, unfortunately. The fellow ended up committing suicide later in life - turning the tale into an ultimate tragedy.
Date published: 2006-07-20

Editorial Reviews

"...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)