Sex change plight
From Dr Tom O'Brien
The article about Dr Vanda Zodorozny/Richard Curtis (Clinical, 13 April) was very disturbing in that the impression given was that the desire to change one's sex because 'one was trapped in their body' was not secondary to a mental illness; yet the person so 'trapped' later self-harmed to the extent of having bilateral mastectomies and a hysterectomy performed!
If someone wanted to cut off their own arm they would rightly be considered to have some mental dysfunction, so what's the difference?
The surgeon who colluded with this unfortunate individual has removed perfectly healthy organs, a practice which is very questionable to say the least.
Finally the fact that Dr Curtis wants to distance [himself] not just from [his] chromosomal identity but also from [his] East European birth origin suggests there is indeed underlying emotional maladjustment and dysfunction which is at the root of [his] plight.