Dr. Michael Egnor, a professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at the Renaissance School of Medicine of Stony Brook University in New York, said during an interview with the Federalist editor Emily Jashinsky that the issue of so-called gender transitions in modern medicine is "an extraordinary medical atrocity" that far too many medical professionals are supportive of. (Related: Promotional video urges "confused" teens to delay puberty using chemical hormone blockers.)
"Something I've come to realize with the growth of 'gender-affirming surgery' and 'gender-affirming medical care' is that we're right in the middle of an extraordinary medical atrocity, and I really felt that I had to speak out," said Egnor.
The doctor compared the acceptance of today's gender-affirming medical practices with how the medical experiments conducted by the Nazis were also widely accepted.
"Eugenics was taught in practically all medical schools for many years," said Egnor. "We're doing bad things that people will be talking about in 50 years and we don't necessarily know what they are because we're right in the middle of it."
In an article written for the Federalist, Egnor stressed that acting like people with gender dysphoria can only be cured with surgery is a violation of medical ethics.
As a person who trains new surgeons, Egnor pointed out that he emphasizes how some of the fundamental responsibilities of surgeons to their patients "is to make an appropriate initial decision as to whether to operate and if surgery is in the patient's best interest."
Egnor wrote: "Surgery for so-called 'gender affirmation' or ill-named 'sex reassignment' grossly violates the ethical canons I have taught, that were taught to me, and that were taught to all surgeons until very recently. Such surgery entails radical and irreversible operations on normal healthy organs – mastectomy performed on normal breasts, amputation of the normal penis and scrotum … excision of the normal uterus and ovaries, among other procedures."
In the same article, Egnor wrote that what people with gender dysphoria need is not surgery or hormonal interventions but a lot of mental healthcare. He considers gender dysphoria to be a mental illness and not a physical one, and therefore all of the medical interventions to help people with dysphoria should be geared toward healing the mind.
"Surgical removal of healthy organs is not a treatment for mental illness," he wrote. "Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychiatric therapy."
"The illness is mental – the patient does not feel like his or her sex and does not want to be his or her sex," Egnor continued. "This of course can cause great suffering – it is a real illness – but the suffering is mental, not physical."
Egnor noted that it is a great indictment against the medical community that medical professionals that perform and sanction surgery and hormonal therapies for people with gender dysphoria.
"Patients with gender dysphoria have a psychiatric illness, and our efforts at treatment of this condition should be directed to the psychiatric issues involved, for which there are good and established principles of care," wrote Egnor. "It is the psychiatric care and social support of people with gender dysphoria that our resources should be devoted."
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