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Article
May 15, 1943

TRANSPORTATION OF HUMAN SPERMATOZOA BY AIRPLANE FOR ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION

Author Affiliations

New York; Montreal

JAMA. 1943;122(3):174-175. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.72840200002007a
Abstract

We report the first case of pregnancy resulting from artificial insemination in man using spermatozoa transported by airplane 500 miles. The child has proved to be a bright, normal healthy youngster.

The patient's husband gave an essentially negative history. The couple had been childless over a ten year marital period. A semen examination by the attending physician showed azoospermia. The physician then recommended cross artificial insemination as a last recourse.

Physical examination of the husband, which included a blood count, serologic test and urine studies were found to be negative. Investigation of a fresh coital seminal specimen, as well as a testicular puncture, substantiated the original diagnosis of azoospermia.

The wife's history was negative as to familial hereditary diseases. Examination, including blood studies, evaluation of gonadotropic substance, urine examination and uterosalping-ography, proved essentially negative by the criteria at our disposal. The patient was accepted as a suitable case for cross

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