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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
WOW - What an interesting and sad story. This is a true story, and extremely well written and easy to read. You will not be able to put it down. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Vivian Taylor
I had this same situation with my daughter/son. He is now married to a great lady and is a totally different individual. He's happy, he's content and gives of himself to others. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Madge
This was by far the most difficult book I have ever read. I had to read it for a psych class in college... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great book. I think the author covered the story from all angles. I found it a little slow in places but understand he was developing characters and history to paint a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. J. Luben
This book was one recommended to me by a Doctor of Psychology. It is a story that galvanized the nature nurture debate in the 70-90's. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pen Name
It was an interesting story but in the first part, I thought I would have a hard time getting through it because of the medical journaling. Read morePublished 3 months ago by midwesterner