By Ambroise Pare, Janis L. Pallister
Ambroise Paré, born in France round 1510, was once leader healthcare professional to either Charles IX and Henri III. in a single of the 1st makes an attempt to give an explanation for beginning defects, Paré produced On Monsters and Marvels, an illustrated encyclopedia of curiosities, of mammoth human and animal births, weird and wonderful beasts, and normal phenomena. Janice Pallister's acclaimed English translation bargains a glimpse of the wildlife as visible via a unprecedented Renaissance traditional thinker.
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The fourth, too little a quantity. ] 3( CHAPTER TWO 2 The fifth, the imagination. The sixth, the narrowness or smallness of the womb. The seventh, the indecent posture of the mother, as when, being pregnant, she has sat too long with her legs crossed, or pressed against her womb. The eighth, through a fall, or blows struck against the womb of the mother, being with child. The ninth, through hereditary or accidental illnesses. The tenth, through rotten or corrupt seed. The eleventh, through mixture or mingling of seed.
Of these, there are four different kinds, to wit, the male hermaphrodite, which is the one that has the sex organs of the perfect man and can impregnate and has, at the ) 26 [ CHAPTER SIX perineum (which is the spot beneath the scrotum and the seat), a hole in the form of a vulva, which nonetheless does not penetrate to the inside of the body; and urine and seed do not issue from this hole. The hermaphroditic woman, in addition to her vulva which is well-formed and through which she ejects seed and her monthlies, has a male member, situated above the said vulva, near the groin, without foreskin, but with a thin skin which cannot be turned over or around, and without any erection, and from this, urine and seed do not issue; and no vestige of scrotum or testicles is to be found there.
Male and female hermaphrodites are those who have both sets of sexual organs well-formed, and they can help and be used in reproduction; and both the ancient and modern laws have obliged and still oblige these latter to choose which sex organs they wish to use, and they are forbidden on pain of death to use any but those they will have chosen, on account of the misfortunes that could result from such. , sec. on Hermaphrodites, pro. 3 and 4), their right teat is just like that of a man and their left one like that of a woman.