Sep 23 2011: How to Regulate the Sex of Your Child Before Birth (from Virtue’s Household Physician, c.1924)

I’m not sure there’s much that can be usefully added to the advice given below, in which some curious assumptions are made about how various behaviours during the process of attempted conception (one of which is ‘read light literature’, of all things) can help to sway the sex of the child eventually conceived.

It’s every bit as strange and implausible as it sounds, though as it appeared in the pages of a standard home medical reference during the 1920s, it must have had somewhat wider currency among doctors in its day than its inherent peculiarity to twenty-first century eyes would seem to suggest.


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