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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Friday, August 10, 2007
Coming Sunday: A trusted doctor's sex change tests his patients
Dr. Roy Berkowitz-Shelton had been practicing family medicine for almost 18 years in Somerville's Davis Square. At 52, he'd been married for 25 years and was devoted to his family.
Last year he began telling his patients there would be a major change.
"I will begin practicing medicine as a woman," his letter said.
Instead of taking the usual route of moving to a distant city and starting a new life, Berkowitz-Shelton was staying put for his life-changing journey, asking his family, his staff and his nearly 4,000 patients to make a decision.
Would they choose to come along?
Globe Magazine Staff Writer Neil Swidey followed the doctor's transition from man to woman for a year. The first installment of a two-part series will appear Sunday; part 2 appears August 19.