Speculations on the Mode and Appearances of Impregnation in the Human Female

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C. Elliot, 1789 - Embryology, Human - 149 pages

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Page 76 - ... to be affected according to the properties of what may be mingled with it. And as, from the prefent ftate of anatomical knowledge, we have no right to fufpect any other mode than this of abforption, by which the unrejected and finer parts of the femen can in any fhape, and with any effect, be determined towards the ovaria, let us fee how this can be farther...
Page 133 - ... in the united principles ? It is during this period only that the difeafes of the male can be communicated to the child ; and if we admit not of this interval and general operation of the feminal fluid, we cannot fee how they can be communicated, though thofe of the mother may be communicated then or at a much later period* confidering how the child is nourifhed 'while it is in the uterus, and at the bread..
Page 131 - ... of the bones ? We know none of the operations in the human body, deftined for the ordinary purpofes of life and health, or for the removal of difeafe, but in a greater or lefs degree involve the machinery of the whole fyftem. A fingle mouthful of food> while it is prepared, purified, and applied to its ultimate purpofes, is...
Page 140 - From thefe obfervations it feems allowable to infer, that though climate, manners, occupation, or imitation, cannot materially affect the form or features of the exifting animal ; yet thefe circumftances becoming the lot of a feries of animals, may, by inducing a change in the general mafs both of the male and female, be the remote caufe of a change in their product.
Page 107 - Its effects, after it is generated, even upon the male, demonftrate its activity and influence, far beyond the precincts wherein we believe it to be accumulated. After puberty, the...
Page 138 - which improve or degrade the mind ; but when they migrate, or when they are corrupted by the migration of others, this national diftinction in time is loft, though in the latter cafe it feems to be recoverable, unlefs the caufe of change be continued. The beautiful form and features of the...
Page 122 - ... to the circulating mafs. Nature proceeds in the fame manner ; and the beneficial effects of coition in the cure of this difeafe have been too material to efcape obfervation. It may be alleged, that thefe effects depend entirely upon local influence ; and that even voluptuous gratification, by quieting the turbulence of pamon, is of confequence in the cure.
Page 139 - ... other circumftances, become equally ugly ; and the Jew himfelf, though he abhors to mingle with a different nation, and though his mode of life is nearly the fame in all climates, yet the fettlement of his anceftors in any one particular climate for fome centuries, will very fenfibly impair the characteriftic features of his people.
Page 140 - North America, whofe families have continued fince the firft importation of thefe unhappy creatures, and whofe modes of living, exclufive of their flavery, are not materially changed, are much lefs remarkable for the flat nofe, big lips, ugly legs, and long heels, than their anceftors were, or than thofe are who are directly imported from the fame original nation.
Page 126 - ... in man, — by parity of reafon, it muft happen, that in women the period between impregnation and the expulfion of the fecundated product of the ovaria, muft be confiderably greater than what has been obferved to take place in thefe animals. If all this is true...

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