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Ethics in intersex disorders

Jyotsna Kirtane


Abstract

Intersex cases are rare, and even medical personnel may not fully understand the finer nuances, implications and complexities of such cases. The arrival of a newborn is a highly emotional event in our country, and gender plays a key role. The birth of a boy is greeted with great enthusiasm. Not only is the continuity of the family assured but old age provision for parents is made. The arrival of a girl is attended by less bonhomie, and is linked with the travails of finding a suitable match and dowry.

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