Hermaphrodites and the medical invention of sex takes us inside the doctors chambers to see how and why medical and scientific men construed sex gender and sexuality as they did and especially how the material conformation of hermaphroditic bodies when combined with social exigencies forced peculiar constructions. Alice dreger assistant professor of science and technology studies at michigan state university and adjunct faculty at the center for ethics and humanities in the life sciences brings us this study of how and why medical and scientific men have construed sex gender and sexuality as they have. 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 in late 19th century france and england hermaphrodites and the medical invention of sex takes us inside the doctors chambers to see how and why medical and scientific . Hermaphrodites and the medical invention of sex is richly researched detailed and fascinating angelique richardson the times literary supplement to read this book is to become aware of the tremendous complexity of human sexuality and gender identity beyond genitals hormones enzymes and even chromosomes and genes. Hermaphrodites and the medical invention of sex by historian of science alice domurat dreger was published in 1998 by harvard university pressin the book dreger describes how many doctors and scientists treated human hermaphrodites from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century
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