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Science  01 Apr 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6281, pp. 46
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6089

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In 1966, when David Reimer and his twin brother were only 7 months old, they were brought to a local hospital to be circumcised. A piece of equipment malfunctioned, and David emerged from the operation with his penis obliterated. Desperate and devastated, his parents turned to John Money, a well-known clinical psychologist and influential researcher of human sexuality at Johns Hopkins University. Money advised the Reimers to allow doctors to surgically construct female genitalia from David's remaining tissues and to raise him as a girl, unaware of what had transpired. The Reimers followed Money's recommendations—a decision they would later regret. In her new play, Boy, now on stage at the Clurman Theatre in New York City, playwright Anna Ziegler presents an engrossing, fictionalized account of the Reimer case.