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Pediatric endocrinologist traces the history of transgender medicine

History of transgender medicine in one slide
History of transgender medicine

I can’t remember who sent me this lecture featuring Dr. Quentin Vân Mêtêr, MD, FCP, but I liked it so much I decided to write a post about it. First, we’ll take a look at his credentials, then I’ll post the video of the lecture, and a brief summary with not too many controversial details. Then I will link to a Wall Street Journal article by one of the other physicians mentioned, Dr. Paul McHûgh.

So, first, the background of Dr. Quentin Vân Mêtêr:

Dr. Vân Mêtêr graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1969. He attended the Medical College of Virginia where he received his medical degree in 1973. Dr. Vân Mêtêr did his pediatric internship in 1973 and 1974, and his pediatric residency from 1974 to 1976, at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, through the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his pediatric endocrinology fellowship from 1978 to 1980 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Vân Mêtêr worked as a staff pediatric endocrinologist at the Naval Hospital in San Diego from 1980 to 1986 and was Chairman and Director of the residency training program at the Naval Hospital Oakland from 1986 to 1991.  In 1991, he retired from a 20-year career in the Navy Medical Corps and moved to the Atlanta area where he joined the Fayette Medical Clinic as a Pediatrician and Pediatric Endocrinologist.  To better serve the ever-expanding population of pediatric patients with endocrine disorders, he developed his own full-time endocrine practice, which today bears his name.  He is a clinical associate professor of Pediatrics at both the Emory University and Morehouse Schools of Medicine.

In addition to the professorships, he has a number of board certifications and professional memberships, listed at the link above.

Here’s the video of the lecture:

And here’s my brief summary, which has no controversial details.

  • speaker biography
  • the history of the transgender medicine movement
  • major figures in the transgender medicine movement
  • the origin of the term gender
  • the origin of the term gender dysphoria
  • early results of the transgender medicine movement
  • other results from transgender clinics from Canada and Netherlands
  • the scholarship of the transgender medicine movement
  • current transgender research
  • effective responses

The lecture has about 560,000 views.

If you don’t have 40 minutes to watch the lecture, then you can read an article that summarizes the lecture.

In the lecture, he mentioned two other physcians, Kenneth Zuckêr and Paul McHûgh.

I found a good article by the latter in the Wall Street Journal, which I blogged about previously.

You can grab the PDF of the full text of the WSJ article here.

I also found a useful summary of the science of transgenderism on the web site of one of the medical associations mentioned in the lecture.

Another lecture

Finally, YouTube suggested another lecture featuring some other physicians. I watched that one too, and it talked about some of the repercussions from treating young children with drugs and / or surgeries.

The video is here:

And I found an article about this lecture for those who don’t have an hour to watch it as well.

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