Hartsoeker's homonculus: a corrective note.

  • Kenneth A. Hill
  • Published 1985 in Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences


Contrary to what is reported in many psychology texts, microscopists of the preformationist era in embryology, particularly Nicholas Hartsoeker and Antony van Leeuwenhoek, did not claim to have seen tiny homonculi, or fetuses, within human spermatozoa. This common misconception is based on the fact that both Hartsoeker and Leeuwenhoek had at one time… (More)


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@article{Hill1985HartsoekersHA, title={Hartsoeker's homonculus: a corrective note.}, author={Kenneth A. Hill}, journal={Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences}, year={1985}, volume={21 2}, pages={178-9} }