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July 29, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(5):295. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450570053009

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A Chicago chemist has been trying Schenk's rules for the production of sex, with what he considers a successful result. He and his wife desired a male child, and the expected infant's sex turned out accordingly. Considering the fact that the chances of this being the case were about 104 to 100 in the natural order of events, this case seems hardly conclusive, but it appears to have excited enough local interest to call in the reporters and bring out one or two interviews with physicians, who are judiciously noncommittal. If important succession or even dynastic contingencies depended on this birth, it might have received less attention, and perhaps we may consider it an evidence, gratifying rather than otherwise, of the popular interest in a scientific theory.

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