Jean-Marie Huot

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Jean-Marie Huot

The late Jean-Marie Huot, M.D.[a 1], (26 June 1918 – 31 January 2009), was a general practitioner in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The case of Bruce and Brian Reimer

The foreskin of healthy infant boys normally is developmentally non-retractable.[1]

Dr. Huot examined six-month-old twin boys Bruce and Brian Reimer. He mis-diagnosed their healthy, developmentally non-retractable foreskin as phimosis. The twin boys were scheduled for circumcision — excision and amputation of the foreskin — at the age of eight-months.

Bruce was the first born of the two, so he was scheduled first. Dr. Huot inexplicably chose to use an electrocautery device to perform the medically-unnecessary, non-therapeutic circumcision. The electric current so burned Bruce's penis that it was destroyed.

Brian's circumcision was cancelled after the disaster with Bruce's circumcision and never performed. Brian's foreskin later spontaneously become retractable.


Bruce Reimer later changed his name to David Reimer.

Dr. Huot retired from medical practice in 1992.

Dr. Jean-Marie Huot is remembered as the physician who performed a medically-unnecessary, non-therapeutic circumcision in 1966 on eight-month-old David Reimer with an electrocautery device and destroyed David's penis.

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  1. REFweb Doctor of Medicine, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021. In the United Kingdom, Ireland and some Commonwealth countries, the abbreviation MD is common.