Human Castration: Historical Notes

Carla Serarcangeli, Gennaro Rispoli

Abstract


Human Castration has been performed from early times for different reasons: to punish and revenge,to display one's religious fanaticism, to protect or to control women, for eunuch's trade, for therapeutical purposes.In early modern times men were castreted to obtain sopranos voices,or for eugenic or racial reasons. Nowdays chemical castration is used as a therapeutic treatment or as a way to punish rape and other criminal behaviours.Castration is a surgical or chemical act that may obviously cause serious physical and psychological consequences.

 

Key words: Castration - History - Instruments


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