Medicine: Skin-Deep Sex Test

When doctors tackle a patient with mixed-up sex, e.g., pseudohermaphroditism (TIME, Dec. 15), they are often faced with a cruel dilemma. The child is likely to be a boy whose masculinity was not evident at birth, so he has been reared as a girl. It is one thing, and fairly simple, to operate and make him what nature originally intended, but the social readjustment from girlhood to boyhood is forbiddingly difficult. The less common cases of girls mistaken for boys are just as tough.

A Canadian believes that he has solved the diagnostic problem in human intersex. All human cells, says...

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