In The Service of Gender Incongruence

Today I’m going to take a look at NHS England’s Interim Specialist Service for Children and Young People with Gender Incongruence, published 9 June 2023. In the very title we have a problem. What do they mean, ‘with’ gender incongruence? If they were writing about, say, children and young people with diabetes or appendicitis it would be perfectly [...]

2023-09-17T11:47:03+00:0027 June 2023|Categories: Transgender|

The Tale of the Four Js

There are three main actors in this truly shocking story: Jazz Jennings, the boy who was brought up as a girl; Jeanette Jennings, his mother who earned millions through pushing Jazz to ‘transition’; and Dr Jess Ting, the surgeon who allegedly ‘made it up as he went along’ in attempting to change Jazz’s genital anatomy from male to [...]

2023-07-05T05:33:52+00:0027 June 2023|Categories: Transgender|Tags: |

Hoist with his own petard

Readers may be aware that the title is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and means, literally, to be blown up (hoisted) by one’s own bomb (petard), and thus indicates an ironic reversal or poetic justice. I was recently reminded of this situation when I came across a curious YouTube video: Bible of Psychiatry At first, I honestly thought it [...]

2023-08-28T04:54:18+00:0027 June 2023|Categories: Psychiatry|Tags: , |

Anti-Social Medias

A little while ago I joined a certain online medical discussion group. It’s lively, informal, and iconoclastic – just up my street. But in one aspect I found it disappointing. Doctors, being highly educated and having at least some degree of sophistication, you would expect to take a little thought before committing themselves in writing on a semi-public [...]

2023-09-13T02:48:49+00:0027 June 2023|Categories: Controversies|

State of the Art – or Counsel of Despair?

The British Medical Journal (BMJ), which boasts of being one of the world’s oldest general medical journals, from time to time publishes articles intended to guide general practitioners and other doctors on how to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders. These are the very common ailments affecting the moving parts of the body (the joints, muscles, and tendons) [...]

2023-09-18T08:36:40+00:0027 June 2023|Categories: Dr James Cyriax|Tags: , |

Are Mental Illnesses Brain Diseases?

Why is it that medical men and women practising the honorable profession of psychiatry are sometimes disrespectfully referred to as ‘headshrinkers’, or ‘shrinks’, or even, by a deliberate mispronunciation of the word, as ‘trick cyclists’? Perhaps the answer is to be found in a production of the American Psychiatric Association – where else? – called Diagnostic and Statistical [...]

2023-07-05T05:33:52+00:0015 May 2023|Categories: Psychiatry|Tags: , |

Transgenderism and Prolixity

These days there seems to be a proliferation of organisations involved in the curious business of transgenderism. One I came across recently is called Genspect. Since it’s based in Ireland it’s not surprising that the people who devised the content of their website appear to have kissed the Blarney Stone. This is what they say about themselves (paraphrased), [...]

2023-08-16T23:53:44+00:0010 May 2023|Categories: Transgender|Tags: , |

More Transgender Medical Muddle

The right path? Let’s start by looking at an organisation pompously calling itself World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). In 2022 they produced their ‘Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People, version 8.’ This is an impressive document running to 260 pages that lists 118 contributors and has sixty-eight pages of references. [...]

2023-08-17T00:16:42+00:0030 March 2023|Categories: Transgender|Tags: , , , |

Medical Confusion over Transgenderism

Let’s look at what the British Medical Association (BMA) has to say about trans and non-binary patients in a document they put out in March 2022 called ‘Inclusive Care of Trans and Non-Binary Patients’. Stating the obvious They start by stating the obvious: ‘It is important that all groups within the patient population have access to appropriate, timely, [...]

2023-08-17T00:33:10+00:0019 March 2023|Categories: Transgender|Tags: , , |
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