Historical Synopsis of Human Semen Cryobanking

  • Jerome K. Sherman


Since history does not change, much of the information in this brief historical synopsis of human semen cryobanking has been previously presented except for a bit of up dating with current events and predicting of the future.


Tissue Bank Artificial Insemination Human Spermatozoon Temperature Shock Historical Synopsis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome K. Sherman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyUniversity of Arkansas for Medical StudiesLittle RockUSA

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