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A changing paradigm : US medical provider discomfort with intersex care practices

Author: Kyle Knight; Human Rights Watch (Organization),
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Human Rights Watch, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Methodology -- Background -- Providers increasingly hesitant to recommend surgery -- Recommendations -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix I -- Appendix II -- Appendix III -- Appendix IV.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kyle Knight; Human Rights Watch (Organization),
ISBN: 9781623135393 1623135397
OCLC Number: 1011044790
Notes: "Kyle Knight, a Human Rights Watch researcher, wrote this report"--Page 41.
Description: 52 pages ; 27 cm
Other Titles: United States.
Responsibility: Kyle Knight.

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Methodology -- Background -- Providers increasingly hesitant to recommend surgery -- Recommendations -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix I -- Appendix II -- Appendix III -- Appendix IV.

"Since the 1960s, doctors in the United States have routinely performed surgeries on intersex infants and children - or those born with chromosomes, gonads, or genitalia that do not correspond to traditional notions of "male" or "female" - to make their bodies conform to conventional gender presentation. But the surgeries are medically unnecessary, irreversible, often traumatizing, and carry a risk of lifelong harm. They can also be safely deferred ... . Despite increasing controversy within the medical community and condemnation from human rights organizations, however, some specialist doctors continue to recommend and carry out the operations on children too young to consent. In [this report] Human Rights Watch and interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth document the increasing discomfort healthcare providers feel with the default-to-surgery paradigm ... "--Back cover.

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