Edited by Brian P. Pace, MA, Assistant Editor.
Dr. Neesen of Brooklyn, who has been taking a post-graduate course at
Vienna, writes of a visit to Professor S. L. Schenk: "When I called at Dr.
Schenk's house I found the street blocked with carriages of all descriptions.
A group of well-dressed people stood on the stoop of the house, waiting to
be admitted. The anterooms were crowded to suffocation with visitors, most
of them women, richly attired and genteel looking, all waiting to consult
"Dr. Schenk told me: ‘I have been making experiments for the last
twenty years, but the profession must decide whether or not I have discovered
anything new. The wife of a Parisian journalist was sent to me by her physician.
She was despondent because of her lonely home. I assured her that I could
help her, and then with my experiments in mind, I asked her if she desired
a boy or girl. She replied that both she and her husband wanted a boy. The
woman underwent treatment, and in due course of time she had born to her a
bouncing boy of twelve pounds weight. The husband was so overjoyed that he
told the experience to his friends, and so it got into the newspapers. I am
persuaded that the quality and quantity of the food digested has largely to
do with the production of male or female offspring. Drugs are used to some
extent, but they have no specific action on the determination of the sex.
I use them simply as a means of raising or lowering the state of the general
A VISIT TO DR. SCHENK OF VIENNA—THE "SEX REGULATOR.". JAMA. 1998;279(21):1678W. doi:10.1001/jama.279.21.1678