Medicalization of GI: Can Conflicts in Gender Identity (GI) Be Considered a Disease?
The following was brought to my attention today and is
extracted from the Obituary Column of the Baltimore Sun:
Dr. John Money, one of the nation's pre-eminent sex researchers who
pioneered the study of gender identity and helped establish Johns Hopkins as
the first hospital in the country to perform adult sex-change operations,
died [recently] He was 84.
His most memorable and criticized work was advocating sex-change operations
for patients confused over their gender, a position that was denounced by
some colleagues who favored counseling instead of surgery. In 1979, Hopkins
announced that it no longer would perform the operations.
For more on Dr. John Money from Wikipedia click here.
However, Money’s death brings up the ethical topic of the medicalization of gender. Do conflicts or uncertainties of gender identity represent a pathologic process, which requires medical treatment as a disease? To obtain more information about gender identity issues go to GIDinfo and specifically for the conflicting views of the medicalization of gender identity “disorder” click
When you are through reviewing the subject then come back and write your views here and also tell us specifically what arguments seem the most valid to you. If you already have knowledge about the conflicting views, go ahead and set yours down here but provide us with the basis for what you believe.. then we all will learn. …Maurice..