Medicine: Boys, Girls & Hormones

If father is bald, the baby is most likely to be a boy. But if father has gout, the chances are it will be a girl. These are the conclusions of Marianne E. Bernstein, a former Fulbright fellow who specializes in reducing the facts of life to cold figures.

Biometrist Bernstein does not believe that baldness or gout have a direct effect on the sex of children. Her theory is that the sex ratio is tied up with the parents' hormone balance: she regards baldness as a sign that the father's male hormones are especially dominant, while gout suggests a shortage of...

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