Excerpt from Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1837, Vol. 2
How the ovum performed the journey from that portion of the abdomen, into which it must have fallen from the ovarium, to the cardiac orifice of the stomach, where it was located, is a question which I am unable to answer.
The source from which the ovum derives its nourishment has long divided physiologists. And notwithstanding the most able pens have been employed in the discussion, the subject is not yet completely settled. It is not my object to notice, in de tail, all the facts and arguments which have been adduced on this interesting subject. The most prevalent doctrine, at the present time, is that which assigns the placenta as the source. Some, however, maintain that the fetus is nourished from the liquor amnii.
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