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April 1, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(13):718. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450400036012

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The old question that sometimes puzzles juvenile casuists as to whether the hen that laid or the hen that hatched the egg is the mother of the chick, may yet in the progress of surgery have its parallel in the human species. In fact, there is a remote possibility that interesting medicolegal questions may yet arise as to the proper maternity of individuals, a question that has been hitherto restricted to the paternal ancestor. Dr. R. L. Morris, in a recent work, republishes the account of two cases out of a total of five operations in which he has transplanted the ovary in the human female and in which functional results followed. In one, a woman became pregnant from the action of a piece of ovary grafted into the fundus uteri, and in the other an undeveloped young woman with seemingly rudimentary sexual organs, took on an apparently normal sexual

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