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Doubting SexInscriptions, Bodies and Selves in Nineteenth-century Hermaphrodite Case Histories$
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Geertje Mak

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086908

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086908.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Doubting Sex

Geertje Mak

Manchester University Press

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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