Geertje Mak

in Doubting Sex

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780719086908
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702628 | DOI:

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This chapter considers some methodological and theoretical issues constituting the context for this book. It first introduces the reader to the sources that are the basis of the book: the medical case histories of over three hundred adult hermaphrodites published between the late eighteenth century and the start of the twentieth-century. It then briefly describes how this book is aligned with the field of the history of the body and the history of the self, as well as with the history of same-sex sexuality, cross-dressing and hermaphroditism. Franz Ludwig von Neugebauer's Hermaphroditismus beim Menschen is explored. This book was the basis for the search for sources regarding hermaphroditism. The changing medical enactments of doubting sex in clinical practice over the nineteenth century became the framework for Doubting Sex. Moreover, this book discusses how hermaphrodites themselves told physicians they dealt with their situation.

Keywords: hermaphrodites; medical case; doubting sex; same-sex sexuality; cross-dressing; hermaphroditism; Franz Ludwig von Neugebauer; Hermaphroditismus beim Menschen

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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