Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex by Alice Domurat Dreger

By Alice Domurat Dreger

Punctuated with notable case stories, this booklet explores striking encounters among hermaphrodites--people born with "ambiguous" sexual anatomy--and the scientific and medical execs who grappled with them. Alice Dreger specializes in occasions in France and Britain within the past due 19th century, a second of significant stress for questions of intercourse roles. whereas feminists, homosexuals, and anthropological explorers overtly wondered the natures and reasons of the 2 sexes, anatomical hermaphrodites advised a deeper query: simply what number human sexes are there? finally hermaphrodites led medical professionals and scientists to a different unusually tough query: what's intercourse, really?

Hermaphrodites and the scientific Invention of Sex takes us contained in the medical professionals' chambers to determine how and why scientific and clinical males developed intercourse, gender, and sexuality as they did, and particularly how the fabric conformation of hermaphroditic bodies--when mixed with social exigencies--forced atypical structures. in the course of the e-book Dreger exhibits how this historical past can assist us to appreciate present-day conceptualizations of intercourse, gender, and sexuality. This results in an epilogue, the place the writer discusses and questions the protocols hired at the present time within the remedy of intersexuals (people born hermaphroditic). Given the background she has mentioned, should still those protocols be reconsidered and revised?

A meticulously researched account of a desirable challenge within the background of medication, this booklet will compel the eye of historians, physicians, scientific ethicists, intersexuals themselves, and somebody drawn to the meanings and foundations of sexual identity.

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