For a fraction of the population, their greatest wish is to remove a body part. It’s not quite known what causes the phenomenon known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder, but one theory is that it’s caused by the same part of the brain that is responsible for phantom limbs. But people with BIID are seen as weird for wanting to remove a perfectly good part of their body, and the discovering doctor finds it hard to forsee a world where BIID will be accepted as a normal condition.

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