Transforming the Testicle: Science, Medicine and Masculinity, 1800-1950.

Chandak Sengoopta

Abstract



The article explores episodes the history of the discovery of function and actions of testicle - focusing first on their transformation from a quasi - mystical organ of virility to chemical factory secreting substances essential to physical and psychological attributes of masculinity; then showing how the powers of the testicular secretions were soon seen to extend for beyond the narrowly sexual sphere.

Key words: Testicle - History of Medicine . XIX century - XX century 


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