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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Psychiatrist: ‘transgender surgery isn’t the solution’

Former Johns Hopkins head psychiatrist: ‘transgender surgery isn’t the solution’

by Dustin Siggins

Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:49 EST

Dr. Paul McHugh
Credit: John Hopkins Medicine

NEW YORK -- The former psychiatrist-in-chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital is continuing his decades-long fight against transgender surgery as a solution to what he calls "a disorder of 'assumption.'"

In a June 12 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Dr. Paul McHugh wrote that "policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered" by not treating transgender "confusions ... as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention."

According to McHugh, the "sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects." The first, he says, is that "it does not correspond with physical reality." The second, more importantly, is that not treating transgender disorder properly "can lead to grim psychological outcomes." (...)

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