It has been well said that, owing to the anatomic construction of the inguinal canal, the occurrence of rupture in the human species must have been coeval with the appearance of man on the globe, and this being the case, it would not be preposterous to assume that to some early descendant of Adam belongs the credit of having invented the first crude retention apparatus.
In accordance with the trend of modern thought on the descent of man, we may with propriety consider this tendency to hernia on the part of the human race as one of the penalties resulting from the action of Adam and Eve in abandoning the quadruped method of progression of their immediate simian progenitors, and assuming the erect carriage which has since characterized the human family. The erect posture has certainly placed man, with his weakly constructed inguinal canal, in the very best position for
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