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Keibel F. and Mall FP. Manual of Human Embryology I. (1910) J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia.

Manual of Human Embryology I: The Germ Cells | Fertilization | Segmentation | First Primitive Segment | Gastrulation | External Form | Placenta | Human Embryo and Fetus Age | Ovum Pathology | Integument | Skeleton and Connective Tissues | Muscular System | Coelom and Diaphragm | Figures | Manual of Human Embryology 1 | Manual of Human Embryology 2 | Franz Keibel | Franklin Mall | Embryology History

Keibel F. II. Fertilization in Keibel F. and Mall FP. Manual of Human Embryology I. (1910) J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia.

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II. Fertilization

Franz Keibel
Franz Keibel (1861 - 1929)

By Franz Keibel, Freibueg i. Bb.


Nothing is known concerning the fertilization of the human ovum, but it may be presumed that it takes place in essentially the same maimer as in other mammals, and for an account of the process in these forms reference may be had to the works of Sobotta and Leo Gerlach, cited in the preceding chapter. The usual place for fertilization must be the first portion of the tube. That the spermia penetrate into the tube has been observed (DiLhrssen: Sb. d. Ges. f. Gyn. und Geburtsh. in Berlin, 1893; and Zweifel: Lehrbuch der Geburtshilfe, " 3 Aufl., 1902), and is also made certain by the occurrence of tubal pregnancies. Occasionally the union of the ovum and sperm-cell may take place upon the surface of the ovary or even in the interior of the Graafian follicle, as is definitely shown by rarely occurring cases of ovarian pregnancy (see Freund and Thome [1], and Bryce, Teacher, and Kerr[2]. Accurate estimates of the rapidity of penetration of the spermia into the uterus and tubes are not available, but it may be supposed that in one or two hours after coitus the spermia have penetrated far into the tubes. That fertilization of the ovum may take place after it has reached the uterus seems to me from observations on other mammals very improbable; at all events no good grounds for such a supposition seem to exist. Nevertheless Wyder[3] regards the uterus as the normal site of fertilization; and other gynocologists — Hofmeier, for example — agree that fertilization may occasionally take place in the uterus. Waldeyer also comes to this conclusion and states (Hertwig's Handbuch, vol. i, p. 370) that, "It cannot be denied, however, that under certain circumstances fertilization may first occur in the uterus"; he does not state, however, what these circumstances may be.


  1. H. W. Freund and R. Thome: Eierstoekschwanerschaft, Virch. Arch., vol. clxxxviii, pp. 54-91.
  2. Bryce, Teacher, and Kerr: Contributions to the Study of the Early Development and Imbedding: of the Human Ovum, Glasgow, 1908.
  3. Th. Wyder: Beitrage zur Lehre von der Extrauterinschwangerschaft und dem Orte des Zusammentreffens von 0vulum und Spermatozoen, Arch. f. Gynakol., vol. xxviii, 1886.


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