Errors from the Past

“Male seed is stronger than female seed”. Errors from the Past, by Hippocrates

“Men produce female as well as male seed. So do women. Male seed is stronger than female seed. . . . This is what happens: if the stronger seed comes from both sides, the product is male; if the weaker, then the product is female. The sex of the product is determined by whichever of the two kinds of seed prevails quantitatively. “

Hippocrates, Oeuvres Completes, ed. and trans. By E. Littre, 10 vols. (Paris, 1839-61) VII, p. 479.

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