"Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex" (Alice Dreger)

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Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex

Alice Dreger, Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Michigan State University and adjunct faculty at the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, brings us this study of how and why medical and scientific men have construed sex, gender, and sexuality as they have.

A 36 page long epilogue contains narratives of intersexuals treated according to the still-standard medical protocols developed in the 1950s and calls for change: "Surely, ...it will be familiarity rather than knowledge that finally takes away [intersexuals'] supposed 'strangeness.'" Harvard University Press, 1998.

Dreger, Alice Domurat. 1998. Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.