The reaction of 3β,17β-diacetoxy-4-estrene with N-bromoacetamide in a two phase ether/water solvent mixture gave 5-bromo-4β,17β-diacetoxy-5α-estran-3β-ol as the major product (75%). Four minor products were also isolated and identified. These were: 4α-bromo-3β, 17β-diacetoxy-5α-estran-5-ol (5%), 5-bromo-3g,17β-diacetoxy-5α-estran-4β-ol (6%), 5-bromo-4α,17β-diacetoxy-5αt-estran-3β-ol (3%), and 4β-bromo-3β,17β-diacetoxy-5α-estran-5-ol (4%). The 5-bromo-4β, 17β-diacetoxy-5α-estran-3β-ol was equilibrated by heating with oxalic acid in refluxing benzene for ca. 16h to give a mixture of it and 5-broino-3β,17β-diacetoxy-5α-estran-4β-ol in the ratio of 16:84 respectively. A similar equilibration mixture (14:86) was obtained under identical conditions when 5-bromo-3β,17β-diacetoxy-5α-estran-4β-ol was the starting material.