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Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960$
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Veronika Fuechtner, Douglas E. Haynes, and Ryan M. Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293373

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293373.001.0001

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“Forms So Attenuated That They Merge into Normality Itself”

“Forms So Attenuated That They Merge into Normality Itself”

Alexander Lipschütz, Gregorio Marañón, and Theories of Intersexuality in Chile, Circa 1930

(p.330) Fourteen “Forms So Attenuated That They Merge into Normality Itself”
Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960

Kurt MacMillan

University of California Press

This chapter explores Chile's contributions to sexual science in the late 1920s and early 1930s by focusing on the case of a twenty-two-year-old woman who was found to possess what appeared to be a pair of testes and asked the doctors at San Agustín Hospital in Valparaíso to remove them. Gregorio Marañón, a Spanish doctor and intellectual, provided the Valparaíso physicians with their clinical framework for diagnosing and treating the woman's case through his analysis of “intersexual conditions.” The chapter shows how Marañón's theory of intersexuality and its appropriation in Valparaíso had been facilitated by the Latvian-Chilean physiologist Alexander Lipschütz. It also considers how Marañón incorporated Lipschütz into a Hispanic network of sexual science through the formulation of his theory of intersexuality.

Keywords:   intersexuality, Chile, sexual science, Gregorio Marañón, Alexander Lipschütz

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