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May 25, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(21):2140. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210072030

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To the Editor:—  Anent the question of inheritance of anatomic defects, I suppose that we must go as far back as Sir Oliver Lodge, who said that when an organism is developed it proceeds to run down like a clock as its fund or protoplasmic energy is expended. He referred to species. Weismann is not commonly quoted as reporting lamarckian ideas, but the tendency toward degeneration may be passed on nevertheless. In a case in which a fortune depended on the bearing of a son, I operated on a patient in search for causes of sterility and found closed oviducts as a congenital condition. On one side I folded up the oviduct so that the fimbriated end split open longitudinally could be grafted on a part of an opened oviduct in or part of the lumen near the uterus. This was a success as far as securing pregnancy was concerned,

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