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May 22, 1937

Fille ou garçon. Comment avoir fille ou garçon. Diagnostic préoce de la grossesse. Comment connaître le sexe avant la naissance

JAMA. 1937;108(21):1828. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780210068038

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This book combines the ancient history, the folklore, and the scientific and personal observation phases of the problems of predetermination of sex of offspring, early diagnosis of pregnancy, and the prenatal determination of the sex of the unborn child. The work is interesting from a historical point of view and is written in a humorous vein as though the author were sitting back with his tongue in his cheek. The part of the book dealing with pregnancy diagnosis is fairly complete, and in the discussion of methods of diagnosis of the sex of the unborn child all the diagnostic apparatus available for such diagnosis, including the Abrams machine, are described. As a scientific book for the physician's education this book would not serve: as a humorous quasiscientific bit of reading it may prove to be of interest.

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