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August 25, 1934

Arbeit und Gesundheit: Sozialmedizinische Schriftenreihe aus dem Gebiete des Reichsarbeitsministeriums

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Herausgegeben von Professor Dr. Martineck, Ministerialdirigent im Reichsarbeitsministerium. Heft 24: Die Folgen der Entmannung Erwachsener an der Hand der Kriegserfahrungen dargestellt. Von Professor Dr. Johannes Lange, Direktor der Psychiatrischen und Nervenklinik der Universität Breslau. Paper. Price, 5 marks. Pp. 178, with 2 illustrations. Leipzig: Georg Thieme, 1934.

JAMA. 1934;103(8):628. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750340092031

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A series of cases of emasculation resulting during the World War are discussed by the author. He states that while the loss of the testes, after full sexual maturity, is not followed by serious consequences in a certain number of cases, marked somatic and psychic manifestations follow castration in a greater number. The problem is of social and forensic importance. The conclusion that emasculation results in epilepsy and in insanity is not true. Castrated individuals may be useful members of society. The author disagrees with the conclusions of Möbius that loss of the gonads results in diminution of combativeness and initiative, and to the dicta of Fischer that emasculation produces schizophrenia or schizophrenic tendencies. The loss of the testicles may create, the author states, serious somatic and psychic manifestations, such as eunuchoid retrogressive changes accompanied in some cases by gynecomasty and regressions of the secondary sex characteristics. The thyroid plays

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