Medicine: Beef & the Man . . .

Readers of Rio de Janeiro's daily Ultima Hora (circ. 135.000) are no strangers to sensation, but even they were shaken to their gonads by the blaring headline: TERROR IN BRAZIL MEN FEMINIZED.

Cause of the panic was the allegation that men had been feminized by eating beef of steers fattened with the aid of a female hormonal substance, stilbestrol. The Tribuna do Povo reported that husky Sebastiao de Lima Serra of Aragatuba, 500 miles north of Rio, had suffered a "veritable metamorphosis, turning into a docile, falsetto-voiced creature of strange customs." Serra blamed...

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