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December 27, 1941


Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Gynecology and the Department of Pathology of the Jewish Memorial Hospital.

JAMA. 1941;117(26):2248-2251. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820520001012

It is becoming more widely accepted, as science progresses, that there are few persons who are either wholly male or wholly female but rather that there is a little of the female in all men and a little of the male in all women. The ratio may sometimes be unduly exaggerated and far from the usual normal proportions, which may make it difficult at times to determine whether the individual is basically a male or a female. For this kind of person the term "intersex" has been coined. The case reported here presents one of these problems of intersexuality.

It is not within the province of this report to enter into the theories of formation, suggested mechanisms, hypothetic causative factors or reports of the various classifications of intersexes. For those interested in recently proposed theories and collective reviews of the subject, suitable references are offered.1 Here, the statement should