History of Donor Insemination
The first documented case of donor insemination took place in 1884. A Philadelphia doctor, Professor William Pancoast of Jefferson Medical College deposited a medical students sperm with a rubber syringe and swore everyone to secrecy. The mother was sedated and not told about the procedure. A quarter century later the donor spilled the secret in a letter to a medical journal. The public was horrified and donor insemination became a dirty little secret that was practiced - but kept quiet - for decades. Donor insemination only became popular again in the 1930's when it was used by the Nazi's to 'improve' the German race. It was also advocated in America and England.