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Isaac Marks vs. transgender people

Isaac Marks is a South African psychiatrist who performed electroshock and other forms of aversion to “cure” transgender people. Marks collaborated with psychiatrists John Bancroft and Richard Green.


Isaac Meyer Marks was born February 16, 1935 in Cape Town, South Africa. Marks met John Bancroft soon after arriving in the United Kingdom in 1960.

Marks earned a medical degree and a diploma in psychological medicine from University of Cape Town in 1973. Marks married historian Shula Eta Winkour Marks in 1957 and had two children.


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Bancroft JHJ, Marks I (1968). Treatment of Sexual Deviations. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine. 61 (8): 796–799. doi: 10.1177/003591576806100827.

Marks I, Gelder M, Bancroft JHJ (1970). Sexual deviants two years after electric aversion. The British Journal of Psychiatry 1970-1970 Aug;117(537):173-85.

Marks I, Mataix-Cols D (1997). Four-year remission of transsexualism after comorbid obsessive-compulsive disorder improved with self-exposure therapy. Case report. The British Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 171, Issue 4, October 1997, pp. 389 – 390.

Marks I, Green R, Mataix-Cols D (2000). Adult gender identity disorder can remit. Comprehensive Psychiatry 41(4):273-5. doi:10.1053/comp.2000.7424

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