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Author: John Colapinto Narrator: Howard McGillin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2000 ISBN: 9780743541749
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In 1967, after a baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment. On the advice of a renowned expert in gender identity and sexual reassignment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the boy was surgically altered to live as a girl. This landmark case, initially reported to be a complete success, seemed all the more remarkable since the child had been born an identical twin: his uninjured brother, raised as a boy, provided to the experiment the perfect matched control.
The so-called twins case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine and the social sciences; cited repeatedly over the past thirty years as living proof that our sense of being male or female is not inborn but primarily the result of how we are raised.
The case was a failure from the outset because the twin struggled against his imposed girlhood. At fourteen, when told of his medical history, he made the decision to live as a male. John Colapinto tells this extraordinary story for the first time in As Nature Made Him. The human intimacy of the story is all the greater for the subject's courageous decision to step out from behind the pseudonym that has shrouded his identity for the past thirty years. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

John Colapinto is a Canadian journalist and author. After freelancing for Canadian magazines he moved to New York. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and the New Yorker where he was also a staff writer. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone, he won a National Magazine Award for his story about a famous medical scandal that he later expanded into a book, As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl, which became a New York Times bestseller. 

About the Narrator

Howard McGillin is a Tony-nominated stage, screen, and television actor who is best known for his role as John Jasper in Drood and for being the world’s longest-running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. He lives in New York.