Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Clara Pinto-Correia, 396 pp, with illus, $29.95, ISBN 0-226-66952-1, Chicago, Ill, The University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Inside Eve's ovary, God placed two hundred thousand million people—all who will have lived from creation to the Judgment Day. This exhilarating figure, produced by Albrecht von Haller, was not a triumph of mathematical projection so much, Clara Pinto-Correia writes, as a "beautiful idea" that expressed a school of scientific thought from the mid-17th to mid-18th century known as the preformation. The hypothesis was that each ovum contains the individual seed of the entire species that is to come afterwards.
History, ReproductionThe Ovary of Eve: Egg and Sperm and Preformation. JAMA. 1998;280(22):1961-1962. doi:10.1001/jama.280.22.1961-JBK1209-2-1