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July 30, 1898

Schenk's Theory. The Determination of Sex.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(5):256-257. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450050054023

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The lay press has extolled this book to an extent that renders it unnecessary for a medical journal to say much. The amount of sugar in the system, according to the author, determines the sex of progeny. For example, a woman with diabetes is nearly certain to have female children. And in all cases in which there is a predominance of female offspring the Trommer test shows the presence of sugar. The natural sweetness of the female sex is thus biologically accounted for. The question of diet is therefore the controlling factor under the Schenk theory. When male offspring are desired the diet should be on antidiabetic lines.

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