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"A page-turning story of heroes and villains that stirs both compassion and anger." (Philadelphia Inquirer)

"A riveting account of medical arrogance and misguided science." (Playboy)

"Colapinto's account . . . raises fascinating scientific, philosophical, and ethical questions—and also packs an irresistible narrative force from start to finish. (Providence Phoenix)

"Colapinto's book is a stinging and overdue indictment of the 'sexual reassignment' of infants like baby Bruce and those born with both male and female sex organs....The book also serves as an intimate, heartbreaking diary of Bruce Brenda Reimer, the casualty of a ghoulish science project gone terribly wrong." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

"Colapinto, a writer of striking lucidity and compassion, inspired the very private man who now proudly calls himself David to reveal the entire story of his horrendous ordeal in hopes of preventing others from suffering his fate. The result is an arresting and invaluable narrative of personal tragedy, scientific arrogance, and societal confusion over the source and significance of gender differences." (Booklist)

"Colapinto, the reporter who won a National Magazine Award for a piece on David's story, engrossingly recounts this tale of grotesque medical hubris and a life dragged slowly from the ashes....Colapinto's storytelling, taut and emotive, never plays the grim tale for its sideshow qualities, nor claims the last word on nature versus nurture." (Kirkus, starred review)

"For the most part, As Nature Made Him is a story of innocence stolen, and of ill fate bravely born....But the book is also a testament to the immutability of self. Because David in the end is a triumph." (Dallas Morning News)

"In the end, what makes As Nature Made Him impossible to put down is not the machinations of a misguided scientist but the suffering, courage and ultimate triumph of a truly unfortunate child." (Psychology Today)

"John Colapinto debunks Money's version of Brenda's childhood in his fascinating, exhaustively researched As Nature Made Him. The result is a detailed and riveting account." (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

"Raises fascinating scientific, philosophical questions--and also packs an irresistible narrative force from start to finish" (Boston Phoenix)

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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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  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 328 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0061120561
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0061120565
  • Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.76 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial; 2nd edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: : English
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