Living With Body Integrity Identity Disorder

The relatively unheard of condition called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (or BIID) causes people to disassociate themselves with one (or more) of their limbs—often their left leg—and drives them to desire amputation. The ethics behind amputating a perfectly healthy limb remain controversial, although some sufferers see it as the only option for a happier life. New York Magazine recently spoke with a 71-year-old man who has been living with the condition since he was five, and who candidly explains his feelings on a topic many find difficult to understand.