ok boys, pour yourselves a stiff drink because you’ll be crossing your legs and wincing after reading this extract from Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine by Gould and Pyle
At the Hopital de la Charite in Paris, Velpeau startled an audience of 500 students and many physicians by saying that he expected to find a rudimentary fetus in a scrotal tumor placed in his hands for operation. His diagnosis proved correct, and brought him resounding praise, and all wondered as to his reasons for expecting a fetal tumor. It appears that he had read with care a report by Fatti of an operation on the scrotum of a boy which had increased in size as the child grew, and was found to contain the ribs, the vertebral column, the lower extremities as far as the knees, and the two orbits of a fetus; and also an account of a similar operation performed by Wendt of Breslau on a Silesian boy. The left testicle in this case was so swollen that it hung almost to the knee, and the fetal remains removed weighed seven ounces.
Elsewhere in Anomalies and Curiosities the authors write about the Chaldeo-Babylonians who considered defects in babies as omens for the future.
When a woman gives birth to a baby who is missing the right ear, the days of the King or Master will be prolonged.
If a baby has two ears on the right side and none on the left, the country will flourish.
If a baby has no nostrils, the country will be in affliction.
If a baby has no penis, the armies of the King will be strong and female demons shall not have power over them.
If a baby has three feet, there will be great prosperity in the land.
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If a baby has a beard there will be abundant rain.
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