Pouch of Douglas

The Pouch of Douglas. My bottom tumour’s location was in the Pouch of Douglas. Again, I hadn’t been aware that I even had one. The Pouch of Douglas was first described by the Scottish anatomist James Douglas way back at the end of the 17th century. Douglas got caught up in the Mary Toft sensation, in which a woman had claimed to give birth to rabbits. Douglas called her out on it, saying she had as much liklihood of giving birth to rabbits as a rabbit would be to give birth to a human child. She was found to have put baby rabbits up herself, mimicked labour and called her local doctor, who believed her. Thanks to Mum for cutting out and sticking down all the little rabbits. The original drawings are by William Hogarth; work in the public domain, retrieved from Wikipedia.

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