'Mediating sexual difference': The Medical Understanding of Human Hermaphrodites in Eighteenth-Century England

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Abstract

Should human hermaphrodites be considered the ‘true’ embodiment of a mingled male and female nature or, instead, should their sexual duality be ascribed to misleading appearances? This chapter documents one critical moment in the history of sexual identity in mid-eighteenth-century England when this question became pertinent and controversial for the medical profession. The discussion of hermaphroditism offers a unique window into the complex web of mediations involved in the making and diffusion of medical knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Approachs to the History of Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationMediating Medicine in Early Modern and Modern Europe
EditorsWillem de Blécourt, Cornelie Usborne
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter8
Pages127-147
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781403915696
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2003

Keywords

  • Royal Society
  • Eighteenth Century
  • Philosophical Transaction
  • Cultural Approach
  • Female Foetus

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