Like many professionals, doctors and medical providers are uncomfortable with plowing new ground. But that’s what trans medicine is, and there is growing need for best treatment practices. There is very little research or precedent but the needs of trans medicine are real. In their new book TransMedicine The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender, author stef shuster delves into the murky waters that lie before us. Unlike other medical issues, it’s not about curing any disease and any doctors are intimidated by their patients’ call for treatment.  What norms and biases come in? What about the familiar but false binary models? And with so many parents of trans kids greatly uncomfortable, what can help determine appropriate treatment?  Doctors, so used to being the unquestioned authority, find themselves in uncertain norm shattering territory.

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