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Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex

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ISBN-10: 0674001893

ISBN-13: 9780674001893

Edition: 1998

Authors: Alice Domurat Dreger

List price: $33.00
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Punctuated with remarkable case studies, this book explores extraordinary encounters between hermaphrodites--people born with "ambiguous" sexual anatomy--and the medical and scientific professionals who grappled with them. Alice Dreger focuses on events in France and Britain in the late nineteenth century, a moment of great tension for questions of sex roles. While feminists, homosexuals, and anthropological explorers openly questioned the natures and purposes of the two sexes, anatomical hermaphrodites suggested a deeper question: just how many human sexes are there? Ultimately hermaphrodites led doctors and scientists to another surprisingly difficult question: what is sex, really? …    
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Alice Domurat Dreger is Visiting Associate Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Director of Medical Education at the Intersex Society of North America.

Prologue: But My Good Woman, You Are a Man!
Doubtful Sex
Doubtful Status In Search of the Veritable Vulva Hermaphrodites in Love
The Age of Gonads Epilogue: Categorical Imperatives