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Rabelaisian curiosities from a medical angle form the text of this book. The extraordinary birth of Gargantua is not vouched for by Dr. Cabanés, but he is quite positive as to a case reported in 1899 by Dr. Lermoyez of an almost equally active auditory canal. We learn from the book that the ancients went unclothed without shame; that the Jews, to avoid the heavy taxes levied on them by the early Romans, resorted to surgery to hide the marks of their circumcision which proclaimed them Jews; that men have been known to marry up to the age of 111 years; that Joseph Surrington, a Norwegian who died in 1797 at the age of 160 years, had become a father only nine years before his death; that girls of a tender age have given birth to children—the youngest mother recorded being 9½ years old; that it is the custom in
Le sixième sens. (Sens génésique). Organes de la génération. Fonction sexuelle. Aberrations génitales. Curiosités relatives aux seins. JAMA. 1927;88(24):1924. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680500066039
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