The utilization of condoms for various purposes has led to its dynamic development into the conventional latex type that is widely used today. From Ancient Greeks to wartime procedures, condoms have been deployed in pursuit of contraceptive measures as well as presentation of an individual in public hierarchy.
Exploring the humble and primitive beginnings of this object and its evolution with time allows us to observe and appreciate the medical knowledge of the civilizations that have preceded the modern world today. King Minos, who ruled Knossos, was a figure of history from the Bronze Age. He was referenced in various manuscripts including the famous Illiad by Homer.
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His mistresses died after having intercourse with him. In order to protect himself and his partners, which included his wife Pasiphae, the bladder of a goat was introduced into the woman's vagina which protected the woman from disease. Prokris, King Minos' subject, understood the sadness for Minos not being able to produce an heir; upon introduction of the sheath, significant results were shown. It is a subject of controversy that the bladder was inserted into the woman.
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Another argument brought about is that the goat's bladder was worn by Minos himself and not Pasiphae. The Ancient Egyptians were one of the first civilizations to use sheaths. Egyptians were known to have a very ritualistic culture which used symbols and calligraphy to denote objective and subjective communication. For protection during intercourse, evidence from about C. Furthermore, Egyptian men wore colored sheaths to distinguish social status within their complex hierarchy.
The Ancient Roman civilization influenced the modern world in many ways, including architecture, government, philosophy, language, and even condoms. Romans were very keen on the development of public health, since diseases were prevalent as the empire spread throughout the Mediterranean world and beyond. Health was attributed by the people to the goddess Hygieia, who was the daughter of the god of medicine, Asclepius.
The Romans[ 3 ] did not acknowledge the contraceptive perspective of the use of bladders of animals, but they took keen interest in its effects in public health and prevention of venereal diseases such as syphilis. Little did they know that employment of the sheaths made of bladder would also be contraception; this can be seen as something that stands out or is even contradictory of the Romans due to their evident appearance as a very wise and learned empire.
The condoms used in Ancient Rome were made of linen and animal sheep and goat intestine or bladder. It is possible that they used muscle tissue from dead combatants but no hard evidence for this exists. The archaic Djukas[ 1 ] tribe that inhabited New Guinea developed its own idea of the condom. They designed a distinct type of female condom that contrasts deeply with other examples in history whether it may be the Egyptians, Romans, or Greeks.
A female sheath made from a specific plant was introduced into the vagina prior to intercourse to prevent conception. The sheath was described as six inches long, chalice shaped[ 1 ] so that one end was open and the other closed. The pressure exerted by the vagina helped to keep the sheath in a fixed position.
In a more oriental perspective, the Chinese civilization, with their expertise in silk, fashioned sheaths from silk paper that were applied with an oil lubrication. Sheaths became more prevalent as disease and plague spread through the East from Central Europe.
It was made of tortoise shell but occasionally with leather. The Kabuta-Gata could also be used as a supplement to those who suffered from erectile dysfunction. The Renaissance brought about significant changes in medicine. From the 15 th century to the 18 th century, European scientists built upon foundations that were set by the Romans and Greeks.
Essential academic figures like Leonardo Da Vinci began formulating detailed anatomical drawings based on dissections. The latter had been known to have performed corrupt practices such as the selling of indulgences, colonialism, and slavery. Europe started to acknowledge significant progression with the rise of the difference between religion and the state; however, the Church still did have control on medical and scientific advancements.
Gabriele Falloppio, the prominent Italian anatomist accredited with describing the Fallopian tube, made contributions to the condom. The sheath which covered the glans was fastened with a ribbon; it was also lubricated with saliva. His experiments on men showed that the sheath protected all from contracting the disease. The sheaths from this time period were also made of lamb and goat intestines. They were crafted by butchers, who understood the high tensile strength associated with the respective intestines. During the 17 th century, the use of condoms as a contraceptive was well documented.
The fertility rate in England has significantly reduced due to employment of sheaths made of intestines and bladder. The Jesuit, Leonardus Lessius[ 5 ] stated that the use of sheaths was a sin, and was unethical. The Jesuits were known to be members of the Counter Reformation which was set out to re-establish the Church's influence on personal, cultural, and scientific matters in Christian Europe.
Evidence discovered in Dudley Castle,[ 7 ] near Birmingham, England, suggests the use of sheaths made of fish and animal intestine dating to about Condoms of fish, cattle, and sheep intestine were deployed to the army to reduce transmission of syphillis, since the disease was a common cause of soldier fatality at the time. King Charles II became troubled by the number of illegitimate children belonging or associated with him. The doctor, known as Colonel Condom,[ 1 ] prescribed this with prior knowledge that sheaths were used to prevent venereal disease transmission.
The etymology of the word condom is said to have been named after this doctor.
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The theory of the origin of the condom being from England and France is in dispute between both countries. Brothels sold them to customers before they had relations with their prostitutes. Casanova, at a later point in his life, started using condoms after he understood their ability of protection from disease. He used to inflate them prior to use in order to test for any leaks; this was seen as an original example of monitoring whether the condom was fit for use.
Condoms started to be sold wholesale in the late 18 th century, and businesses such as those of a certain Mrs.
Phillips became prominent in London, where she opened a warehouse in the Strand. Condoms prior to the 19 th century were used by the more affluent population because the lower classes were not well acquainted with the knowledge of venereal diseases, and condoms themselves could be seen as quite expense for low incoming personnel and harlots.
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Charles Goodyear, the American inventor, significantly changed the face of the condom, with the advent of rubber vulcanization during the Industrial Revolution. This is the process where sulfur and natural rubber are heated together to form a more malleable and durable material with a higher elasticity and tensile strength. By , condoms were produced on a large scale; the major benefit was that they could be reused and could be afforded at a cheaper price.
Skin condoms made from intestines or bladder provided more comfort, but became outdated at the end of the 19 th century. Rubber condoms were made to size originally. The Cornstock laws which were passed in in the United States prohibited the vending of condoms via post, and the laws prevented the public advertising of contraception. Venereal diseases were a growing concern after which saw the end of the American Civil War, and a new era in history. In he began taking evening courses in chemistry and eventually hit upon the idea of making condoms.
And this is really the crux of this little book. After all, there are still restrictions on how condoms can be advertised, which is crazy in a day when we are dealing with AIDs, teenage pregnancy and other issues of sexual health. There is some interesting history on the development of condoms and the processes used to manufacture them on both small and large scales.
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For readers interested in the history of Nazi Germany and the treatment of Jews during that period, there is a lot to learn in this small volume. Even though he was extremely wealthy, backed by banks and other businessmen and able to pull some strings, Fromm was eventually forced to sell his business for a pittance to a hand-selected German buyer, even though other buyers were standing by with better offers.
He and his family were hounded out of their home, and stripped of their possessions. The accounts are chilling. Name required. Mail will not be published required. Join us on FB.
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