Medicine: Mixed Sex

Such words as "hermaphroditism" and "pseudohermaphroditism" have been mostly textbook talk in the U.S. until last week, when newspapers and radio brought them into shop and household (see PRESS). If most of the pseudoscientific chatter at the luncheon table made little medical sense, doctors themselves were largely to blame, because they have used some of the key words in different and confusing ways.

Hermaphroditism. After about five weeks of life in the womb, the human fetus develops a sex gland (gonad) which at first cannot be identified as male or female. Within a week...

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