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As Nature Made Him

(2000)
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Once you begin reading As Nature Made Him, a mesmerizing story of a medical tragedy and its traumatic results, you absolutely won't want to put it down. Following a botched circumcision, a family is convinced to raise their infant son, Bruce, as a girl. They rename the child Brenda and spend the next 14 years trying to transform him into a her. Brenda's childhood reads as one filled with anxiety and loneliness, and her fear and confusion are present on nearly every page concerning her early childhood. Much of her pain is caused by Dr. Money, who is presented as a villainous medical man attempting to coerce an unwilling child to submit to numerous unpleasant treatments.

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

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl
Author(s): John Colapinto
ISBN: 0-06-019211-9 / 978-0-06-019211-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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January 2000 : UK Hardback
Title: As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
Author(s): John Colapinto
ISBN: 0-00-200047-4 / 978-0-00-200047-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper-collins Publishers
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Paperback Editions

August 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
Author(s): John Colapinto
ISBN: 0-06-112056-1 / 978-0-06-112056-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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February 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
Author(s): John Colapinto
ISBN: 0-06-092959-6 / 978-0-06-092959-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: As Nature Made Him
Author(s): John Colapinto
ISBN: 0-7043-8137-0 / 978-0-7043-8137-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quartet Books
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Audio Editions

February 2002 : USA Audio CD
Title: As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl (Chivers Sound Library)
Author(s): John Colapinto
ISBN: 0-7927-9870-8 / 978-0-7927-9870-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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January 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: As Nature Made Him
Author(s): John Colapinto
ISBN: 0-7927-2432-1 / 978-0-7927-2432-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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March 2000 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
Author(s): John Colapinto
ISBN: 0-671-04792-2 / 978-0-671-04792-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audioworks
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Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
Author(s): John Colapinto
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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