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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
The idea that impregnation might occur without coitus has aroused interest since ancient times. In the second century A.D., there was recorded a hypothetical discussion concerning a woman who had been inseminated by semen previously deposited in the bath water in which she bathed. In 1322, an Arab used artificial insemination with horses. A wad of wool was introduced into the vagina of a mare and left overnight. It was then held over the nostrils of a stallion, and with this stimulus the stallion ejaculated on a cloth held in readiness. The ejaculated material was then introduced into the vagina of the mare, which foaled after the appropriate length of time.
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