Medicine: New Man

The patient was 23 years old and seemed to be a good-looking girl. But the first question Dr. Louis William Mara-ventano was asked in his Yonkers (N.Y.) office was: "What am I, a man or a woman?" "Joan" (the real name was withheld) was a pseudohermaphrodite* whose external genitals resembled both male and female organs. Something had gone wrong (doctors are not sure just how) during fetal development when the time came for the undifferentiated sex organs to become either completely male or completely female. The condition occurs in about one in 1,000...

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