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16-01-2024 | Disorder of Sex Development | Historical note

Poseidon and Caeneus: a case of pubertal gender inversion in Greek mythology

Authors: Maria I. Stamou, Anastasia K. Armeni, George Kazantzidis, Neoklis A. Georgopoulos, Georgios K. Markantes

Published in: Hormones | Issue 2/2024

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Abstract

Disorders of sex development (DSDs) are very frequently encountered in ancient Greek mythology. One of the most striking types of DSD described in many myths is gender transformation wherein a female becomes a male or vice versa. Herein, we present via the marvelous myth of Poseidon and Caeneus a case of pubertal gender inversion. A medical interpretation of the myth whereby we attempt to form a diagnosis of this case of DSD is also presented.
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Metadata
Title
Poseidon and Caeneus: a case of pubertal gender inversion in Greek mythology
Authors
Maria I. Stamou
Anastasia K. Armeni
George Kazantzidis
Neoklis A. Georgopoulos
Georgios K. Markantes
Publication date
16-01-2024
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Published in
Hormones / Issue 2/2024
Print ISSN: 1109-3099
Electronic ISSN: 2520-8721
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s42000-023-00524-9

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