Some medieval medical books had unusual advice to help improve men’s fertility.
Credit: University of Exeter
Men could be held responsible for the failure to produce children as far back as medieval times, a new study of medical and religious texts has shown.
The analysis of popular medical and religious books by the University of Exeter shows that from the 13th century, widely-circulated medical texts recognised the possibility of male infertility, including sterility and 'unsuitable seed'.
A urine test to determine if a husband or a wife was to blame for the absence of children in a marriage was even devised, and medical recipes drawn up as a treatment for men.
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