Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Sperm Count: Francois Gigot de la Peyronie

Francois Gigot de la Peyronie (1678-1747)

Francois Gigot de la Peyronie was a French surgeon. He was responsible for stopping barbers from performing medical procedures—which is a why a triple bypass is likely to cost exponentially more than a $40 buzz cut. Apparently Peyronie developed an early interest in the phallus and in particular a condition known as “induration of the corpora cavernosa of the penis.” In “lay” terms this deformity is might be termed "curvature of the penis" which is not believed to be related to "curvature of the spine." Peyronie’s Disease, as it’s known, is not always a bad thing. The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but sometimes a straight line is not what's called for when one is practicing the act of love. A penis which takes a right or left turn may in fact end up activating neurogenic pathways which lead to pleasure. You might ask what does a penis which is inserted into the vagina have to do with the brain? The answer lies in the nature of the ANS or autonomic nervous system which often influences a host of functions including coitus.

Read "Sperm Count: Speaking of Erections" by Francis Levy, Huffpost

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