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May 13, 1939


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Medicine, Harper Hospital and Wayne University, and the Department of Surgery, Harper Hospital.

JAMA. 1939;112(19):1938-1939. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.62800190006012d

Intersexuality is an interesting phenomenon and cases of this type are not frequently encountered. In his book on genital abnormalities Young1 has given a complete review of the subject and has presented cases of his own.

REPORT OF CASE  The following case is of interest:E. Z., a student aged 12 years, was seen Sept. 26, 1932, by the late Dr. Max Ballin, having been referred by the Childrens' Center of Detroit because of abnormal sexual development.At the time of the birth of the patient, the mother was told that there was some abnormality of the sex organs but that the baby's sex was female. The child was christened Ida and was reared as a girl. At the age of 10 a school nurse discovered that there was some abnormality of the sex organs but did not report the condition until the child was ready to enter high