Surgery Does Not Change Nature

Dr. Money became the co-founder of one of the first university-based gender clinics in the United States at Johns Hopkins University, where gender reassignment surgery was performed. After the clinic had been in operation for several years, Dr. Paul McHugh, the director of psychiatry and behavioral science at Hopkins, wanted more than Money’s assurances of success immediately following surgery. McHugh wanted more evidence. Long-term, were patients any better off after surgery?

McHugh assigned the task of evaluating outcomes to Dr. Jon Meyer, the chairman of the Hopkins gender clinic. Meyer selected fifty subjects from those treated at the Hopkins clinic, both those who had undergone gender reassignment surgery and those who had not had surgery. The results of this study completely refuted Money’s claims about the positive outcomes of sex-change surgery. The objective report showed no medical necessity for surgery.

On August 10, 1979, Dr. Meyer announced his results: “To say this type of surgery cures psychiatric disturbance is incorrect. We now have objective evidence that there is no real difference in the transsexual’s adjustments to life in terms of job, educational attainment, marital adjustment and social stability.” He later told The New York Times: “My personal feeling is that the surgery is not a proper treatment for a psychiatric disorder, and it’s clear to me these patients have severe psychological problems that don’t go away following surgery.”

Less than six months later, the Johns Hopkins gender clinic closed. Other university-affiliated gender clinics across the country followed suit, completely ceasing to perform gender reassignment surgery. No success was reported anywhere.

—Walt Heyer, “‘Sex Change’ Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Should Know

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  1. Dr. Clark,

    I find this to be another revealing instance of our nation’s once wise, scientific actions being swept aside for the sake of exchanging God’s truth for a lie.

    In keeping with the transgender topic, Dr. Albert Mohler ended this morning’s The Briefing podcast with a story about the rebaptism ceremony or renaming ceremont of a Church of England congregant who had undergone gender reassignment. Here’s the link:

    It’s pretty wild, but I wonder how long it’ll be before we hear things like this over in our neck of the woods.

    Enjoy you day,


  2. Well, every cell in Bruce Jenner’s (or whatever his/its name is) will still be shouting “XY!”–and they say we Christians are unscientific!

  3. Sort of piggy backing what Herz said, I’ve been thinking of moving on to obtain a Ph.D. in physics or engineering to just serve as another example of another Christian engaged in science. I just want to shut the mouths of those fools that say Christians are unscientific. I’m just worried it would result in less income later on if I end up overqualified for certain jobs.

    But as to the sex reassignment issue at hand, First Things has an article written by Dr. Paul McHugh on why they stopped doing sex change operations. I noticed last summer, but the article seems to be from 2004.

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