Hermo and Aphrodita

 

Dual Character                      Dual Personalities

 

In On Anatomy

 

Explanatory Story

 

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.

 

Abnormal 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.

 

Cause - 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, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

they consulted 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.

 

For my 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 many others.

 

Thank you for your kind attention.

 

If you have enjoyed and benefited by my demonstration, kindly send your friends to see my exhibition.                                                 

                                                                                                                    ADOLPHINE

 


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