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    Dr Steinach coming to make old young!: sex glands, vasectomy and the quest for rejuvenation in the roaring twenties

    Sengoopta, Chandak (2003) Dr Steinach coming to make old young!: sex glands, vasectomy and the quest for rejuvenation in the roaring twenties. Endeavour 27 (3), pp. 122-126. ISSN 0160-9327.

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    Abstract

    In the 1920s, research on the endocrine glands--especially the sex glands--was widely expected to lead to revolutionary new ways of improving human life. The medical marketplace was crowded with glandular techniques to revitalize the aged. 'Monkey glands' apart, the Austrian physiologist Eugen Steinach's simple, vasectomy-like operation was perhaps the most popular of these. Steinach was one of the leading endocrine researchers of the early 20th century and the Steinach Operation was based on rigorous laboratory research. It was much more than a simple scientific error, and its history shows us how early endocrine research was shaped by broader social and cultural forces.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 09:31
    Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 09:31
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18557

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