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Letters Gender dysphoria

Authors’ reply to Shaw

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 04 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6789
  1. Deborah Cohen, correspondent,
  2. Hannah Barnes, senior journalist
  1. BBC Newsnight
  1. deborah.cohen02{at}

Shaw fails to recognise why journalists have been drawn into reporting on interventions and research in transgender health.12

We did not set out to “investigate” the use of puberty blockers or an unpublished scientific study. We have a duty to examine claims that are brought to us that are of significant public interest—particularly when accompanied by primary documentation. Some people working in the field of gender identity are fearful of speaking about concerns they have about the evidence base. This is the very reason why …

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