In On Anatomy
Birth - I
was born as the third child of perfectly normal people in
1902. Two brothers born previously to me are also
perfectly normal boys, and are, as well as my parents,
enjoying excellent health.
Constitution - My abnormal constitution was noticed as
early as at my birth, and my frail physical condition at
that time was a great sensation, and I was hardly expected
to live. Naturally my parents grieved, and were very
much worried over their misfortune, but they, and the
consulted physicians found no explanation for this
extraordinary case, the family never before had been
troubled with an unusual birth such as that.
As there is nobody who seems to be able to determine the
cause, nature must have doubtless intended it to be double
birth or twins, but evidently, through some unknown incident
of influence, an amalgamation was made whereby the both
sexes were fused into the one body.
Hermaphroditism - Cases like that have been known ever
since the beginning of the world in human lives as well as
in animals. Even though such cases are very rare,
there are several people living, and on exhibition today, in
conditions similar to mine and which are termed by the
medical world as Hermaphroditism, which in Latin means two
bodies and sexes in one anatomy. Hermaphrodita was
according to the ancient Grecian history the inseparable
union of Hermo and Aphrodita, and the two were worshipped as
one God for a long time.
At about the
time of maturity the strange condition which was upon me
could be noticed openly, and thus the misery of my tragic
condition started to take its course. The left side of
my body had grown up more and more into the delicate form,
figure and contours of a girl, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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the most noted German authority, Dr. Hershfield in Berlin,
Germany, once more and to him my case appeared to be so
strange and interesting, that he found it of great benefit
to humanity to purchase my body for medical research
purposes after my death. Although he did all in human
power, it finally proved beyond his knowledge to direct my
life the normal way, and I am doomed to go through life,
double bodied, exactly the was I am, and as you have just
been able to witness.
Characteristics - Although some parts of my body
distinctly show the pronounced characteristics of a female
as well as male, my face and my mind are entirely like those
of a normal female, and yet I do have two voices.
convenience I travel mostly in men's clothes, even though
ladies' apparel would be more becoming and in place, but no
matter which way I appear, people will stop and turn around
to whisper, "She looks like a man." or "He is just like a
woman," and so forth. Due to my abnormal constitution
it is better for me not to get married.
I have been on
exhibition for many years, and after traveling all over
Europe, where I had been showing for various authorities and
celebrities, I was persuaded to tour the United States,
where I also exhibited in leading vaudeville houses,
museums, The Dreamland Circus Sides Show in Coney Island and
Thank you for
your kind attention.
If you have
enjoyed and benefited by my demonstration, kindly send your
friends to see my exhibition.