The Complicated Issue of Transableism

I’ve written here a few times about a condition to which I referred as apotemnophilia, a craving to have a body part amputated. I had never considered the parallels, as this article does, to gender dysphoria and gender transition. Being transabled, or having body integrity identity dysphoria, refers to the feeling that one is a … Continue reading The Complicated Issue of Transableism

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Psychological disorder causes you to hallucinate your doppelgänger

Via Boing Boing: ‘In the book The Man Who Wasn’t There, Anil Ananthaswamy explores mysteries of self, including the weirdness of autoscopic phenomena, a kind of hallucination in which you are convinced that you are having an out-of-body experience or face to face with your non-existent twin. From a BBC feature based on one of … Continue reading Psychological disorder causes you to hallucinate your doppelgänger

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Exploring the Ethics of Contested Surgeries

Metapsychology review: “Cutting to the Core, edited by David Benatar, deals with ethical issues surrounding some of the most controversial surgeries in practice. Discussed are male circumcision and female genital cutting, sex assignment and reassignment, conjoined twin separation, limb and face transplantation, cosmetic surgery, and placebo surgery. The book is organized into six parts, each … Continue reading Exploring the Ethics of Contested Surgeries

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Costing an Arm and a Leg —

On the occasion of a new documentary about the subject, philosopher of medicine Carl Elliott writes in Slate about apotemnophilia. “The victims of a growing mental disorder are obsessed with amputation.” Apotemnophilics at times succeed in obtaining a medically unjustified amputation of a healthy limb either from a sympathetic surgeon or after intentionally damaging a … Continue reading Costing an Arm and a Leg —

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Castration ‘Doctor’ Committed No Crime? Shades of my coverage awhile back of apotemnophilia, this 29 year-old unlicensed surgeon may be satisfying men’s sexual fetishes by voluntarily castrating them. Yahoo! News

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A New Way to Be Mad (Caution: the referenced article has graphic details not for the squeamish) Carl Elliott, a philosopher of psychiatry, with a medical degree, writes a long reflection on the growing epidemic of apotemnophilia, a psychological malady in which people seek the amputation of one or more of their limbs without medical … Continue reading

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