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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.
Excellent book. A true story that reads like a novel. Very thought-provoking.Published 9 days ago by Maureen Lucey
This book was recommended as reading for my Doctoral writing class several years ago. I finally bought it (Kindle edition), some 4 years after finishing my degree, just to see what... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reynolette Ettienne
I read this book for a class, and still, almost 10 years later, haunts me. It is a look into a world many of us do not understand. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lee Strickler
Awesome book! Author did great job discussing this tragedy. Dr Money was a monster!!Published 3 months ago by H. Yablon
One of the few books that has made me think about it months after reading.Published 3 months ago by orangefig