Medicine: Capsules: May 31, 1982


Boys do better at math, girls have superior language skills, or so the popular wisdom has it. For years, scientists and educators have been seeking a biological basis for these perceived differences between the sexes. The latest finding is reported in last week's New England Journal of Medicine. Neurologist Daniel B. Hier and Internist William F. Crowley gave intelligence tests to 19 men with a rare disorder that inhibits the pubertal surge of male hormones, androgens. The subjects scored lower than normal males on tests of spatial ability, the capacity to...

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