The invention of artificial insemination in humans.

DEFINITION

Artificial insemination is the introduction of semen into the vagina or uterus by mechanical or instrumental means rather than by sexual intercourse.

INVENTION
  • It was invented by the Scottish surgeon John Hunter in 1776 when he was approached by a man with hypospadias who was having trouble impregnating his wife.
  • Hypospadias in males is a congenital deformity where the urinary tract opening is not at the tip of the glans.
  • Hunter advised the husband to collect his semen in a warmed syringe and inject it into his wife’s vagina. The experiment was successful and the wife was impregnated.
INVENTOR  

Here is a painting of John Hunter:

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(1728-1793)

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