‘Ambiguous Sex’ or Ambivalent Medicine? Ethical Problems in the Treatment of Intersexuality

by Alice Domurat Dreger, in The Hastings Center Report, vol. 28, no. 3 [May/June 1998], pp. 24-35.

This was for many years my most-cited and most-reprinted article, and one that still holds up well. It has had some good effect on medical practice, though not enough.

Also see the 2011 update posted here.

Reprinted in (among other places):

  1. Meaning and Medicine: A Reader in the Philosophy of Health Care, edited by James Lindemann Nelson and Hilde Lindemann Nelson (New York: Routledge, 1999), pp. 332-346.
  2. Women, Medicine, and Law, edited by Susan Sherwin and Barbara Parish (London: Ashgate Publishing, 2002).
  3. Health, Disease, and Illness: Concepts in Medicine, ed. by Arthur L. Caplan, James J. McCartney, Dominic A. Sisti, and Edmund D. Pellegrino (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004), pp. 137-152.