Sex-change in the USSR: A. I. Belkin’s Theory of Gender Development and his Treatment of Hermaphrodites

  • Lynne Attwood
Part of the Studies in Soviet History and Society book series

Abstract

A. I. Belkin, head of the laboratory of neuro-endocrinology at Moscow’s Research Institute of Psychiatry, is primarily an endocrinologist. His work with hermaphrodites is a side-line (or, as he described it to me in a personal interview, his ‘hobby’!)1 Much has been written on the treatment of hermaphrodites in the West, and a brief review of the Western approach will provide a context for Belkin’s work.

Keywords

Depression Testosterone Androgen Heroine Ethos 

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5 Sex-change in the USSR: A. I. Belkin’s Theory of Gender Development and his Treatment of Hermaphrodites

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© Lynne Attwood 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynne Attwood
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TexasAustinUSA

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