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July 21, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):167. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290037010

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As a rule, there is no difficulty in determining the sex of an infant, while, as growth and development progress, even such doubt as may arise in rare instances is gradually dispelled. Nevertheless cases have been recorded in which individuals of the same sex, or at least of doubtful sex, have entered upon the marital relation. In recent numbers of the Revue de Gynécologie et de Chirurgie Abdominale, Neugebauer publishes the notes of 53 cases of marriage between persons of the same sex, collected from various sources, together with 11 in which marriage-engagements were broken off on discovering that an error in the sex of one or the other of the contracting parties had been committed, and 15 in which individuals leading the lives of prostitutes were found to be of the male sex. In two instances the victims of the mistake committed suicide. Among the 53 cases of marriages

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