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August 23, 1941

Sex Variants: A Study of Homosexual Patterns

JAMA. 1941;117(8):657. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820340079029

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In 1935 a committee was established to study sex variants. The membership included some of the most distinguished workers in this field, associated with experts in biology, psychiatry, genetics and similar subjects. Arrangements were made to secure interviews with a considerable number of persons known to be homosexual, and in these two volumes are reported a complete study of 80 persons of this type. For each there is a genetic chart, a record of general impressions, the family background, the personal history, the physical examination, including a special study of the sex characteristics, and a complete roentgenologic study, then a comment and a summary.

At the end of the second volume there appear a number of collected studies. The author is convinced that the sex variant is a by-product of our civilization—an expression of inability to meet the responsibility of establishing and maintaining a home which involves the rearing of

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