Transgender Nonsense is Alive and Well

The British Medical Journal needs a new copywriter as well as a new editorial policy. In the edition of 20 November 2023 there’s a headline, ‘CBT can help with range of menopausal symptoms says NICE’. (CBT means cognitive behavioural therapy and NICE is the awkward acronym of the smugly named National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.) Unnecessary [...]

2024-04-04T00:58:34+00:002 April 2024|Categories: Transgender|Tags: , , |

Transgender is a Delusion

Puberty can be a stressful, even turbulent, time with its physical and emotional changes. And these days, especially because of the influence of social media, it may happen that young people project their difficulties onto the idea that they are, or may be, ‘trans’. Such a belief, sense, or feeling – better to call it delusion – may [...]

2024-02-14T01:20:54+00:006 December 2023|Categories: Transgender|Tags: , , , |

Trans Instructions for Doctors

In March 2023 the UK doctors’ regulatory body, the General Medical Council (GMC), put out on its website information about adult ‘Trans healthcare’ with a sub-heading, ‘Every patient has the right to high-quality and inclusive healthcare.’ Patients do not, I think, want low-quality, non-inclusive healthcare, so this hardly needs saying. Patronising Under another sub-heading, ‘How to make your [...]

Gender Recognition Certificate

If the purpose of the UK government website, ‘Apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate’ is to put people off by its complexity, it will have succeeded. It starts with an ‘Overview’ where one is informed: Apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate if you want your affirmed gender (sometimes called an ‘acquired gender’) to be legally recognised in [...]

2023-11-30T04:37:15+00:009 September 2023|Categories: Transgender|

Gender Identity is Nonsensical

  In the application form for a British passport you’re asked to state your gender by putting a cross in one of two boxes. These are labeled ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ so that’s clear enough. ‘Gender’ here is a synonym or euphemism for sex, otherwise it could lead to misunderstanding. Sex? Yes please! Or it might bring to mind [...]

2023-11-30T04:48:56+00:001 August 2023|Categories: Transgender|Tags: |

Transgenderism – Doctors should Keep Out of it

Confused about your gender? Then you will need specialised gender care! Consider this scenario. A young boy wants to dress in girls’ clothes, play with girls’ toys, and expresses a liking for the colour pink. He says he is, or wishes he could be, a girl. His concerned parents wonder whether he has ‘gender dysphoria’ and take him [...]

2024-01-21T00:42:11+00:0012 July 2023|Categories: Transgender|Tags: , , |

How Microsurgeons Created a Hermaphrodite

When I was a medical student one of the subjects we had to become familiar with was called minor surgery. This meant learning how to sew up cuts, operate for ingrowing toenails, remove small skin cysts, and deal with similar problems. But it was impressed upon us that there is no such thing as minor surgery; there are [...]

2023-09-11T01:39:08+00:006 July 2023|Categories: Transgender|Tags: , , |


Just when I thought the ‘transitioning’ mania couldn’t get any worse, it has. As it is only to be expected, there are not a few people who, having undergone ‘transitioning’ to try to change their outward appearance to resemble that of the opposite sex, subsequently regret doing this. They are known as ‘detransitioners’. And some of these, we [...]

2023-09-17T11:23:35+00:004 July 2023|Categories: Transgender|

Why are Transgender People so Defensive?

Early in my career for a time I worked for a doctor who was also a keen gardener, who gave me some sage advice about putting oneself in the patient’s shoes: ‘Never go to a doctor whose plants are dying!’ I’ll come back to that later. I like to think that I am an open minded person – [...]

2023-09-11T01:45:58+00:0027 June 2023|Categories: Transgender|

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|
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