Glandular Politics: Experimental Biology, Clinical Medicine, and Homosexual Emancipation in Fin-de-Siecle Central Europe

  title={Glandular Politics: Experimental Biology, Clinical Medicine, and Homosexual Emancipation in Fin-de-Siecle Central Europe},
  author={Chandak Sengoopta},
  pages={445 - 473}
  • C. Sengoopta
  • Published 1 September 1998
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Isis
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