Footnote #: 292
Refers to Dialogue: “Is goat gland surgery possible?”
Time: 01:07:40
Truth Value:

Here is an excerpt from the trial transcript inspiring this part of this scene; we’ve condensed and clarified it greatly but the spirit is the same:

Q– Now tell us, please, does a little goat gland have little nerves there, when you take a testicle out of a young goat?

A– Naturally, any living organism in an animal body has nerves and blood vessels.

Q– Now explain to us, please, how you could make that little testicle of a 3-week old goat live and grow after you implanted it into a human testicle?

A– Some of them seemed to grow and enlarge, and others, the majority of them, went through a process of absorption.

Q– Absorption?

A– Yes, sir, they were gradually absorbed. Some of them were gone in 3 or 6 months.

Q– You mean to say that this little thing lived still inside there?

A– No sir, that is not how I conceive it.

Q– You don’t claim that you connected up the nerves or the blood vessels?

A– Oh Lord, no!

Q– You would examine the testicle before you transplanted a goat gland, would you?

A– You seem to be of the opinion that all of my gland operations were in the testicle but that’s not the case; I transplanted them in many different places. The majority were in the cremaster or in the fasciae of the scrotum.

Q– Well can you tell us about the testicle version?

A– Certain ones I took and cut a hole out of the man’s testicle and took a chunk out and filled it with the goat gland.

Q– Would you put just a little piece of the goat gland?

A– No, I would transplant the entire gland from a 3 week old goat.

Q– You would put a goat gland into one testicle and another in the other testicle?

A– Yes, and sometimes put them in the abdominal muscles. There were different places for them.

Q– Then, your goat glands had something to do with hormone production, is that it?

A– My idea of whatever good they did was that when you put them in a man, it caused him to urinate, and so forth, and he was getting that sex hormone to balance his own to the level with the female sex hormone, and that was there the good came from.


"The Case of Brinkley v. Fishbein", Journal of the American Medical Association, May 13, 1939, Volume 112, No. 19, pp. 1952-1969.

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