Our present knowledge of uterine structure and function has been achieved, slowly and laboriously, over the course of many centuries. Only bit by bit have facts emerged through the obscuring mists of superstition, tradition, and speculation.


Reproductive Tract National Library Female Genital Tract Menstrual Blood Gravid Uterus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth M. Ramsey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EmbryologyCarnegie Institution of WashingtonBaltimoreUSA

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