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June 1938

Genital Abnormalities, Hermaphroditism and Adrenal Diseases.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;55(6):1353. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980120215019

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This book is a timely résumé of the problems suggested in the title. The embryologic factors concerning genital anomalies are stated in an easily understandable way. The possible action of sex-determining hormones on the fetus is postulated as a possible cause of these anomalies.

Plastic operations for each condition encountered are described. The original drawings by William P. Didusch serve to clarify some of the more involved surgical procedures.

Fifty-five case reports of hermaphroditism and pseudohermaphroditism are given, some of which cover a period of years. The difficulties of determining the sex of persons with these conditions are stressed, and Dr. Young gives in detail the various methods used. Several patients whose sex was diagnosed incorrectly are included, and the problems of environment and sexual life are reviewed.

The adrenal diseases and their effect on sex are illustrated by the case reports. Dr. Young has devised an operation for the

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