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Published: 20 March 2008

432 Pages | 25 halftones; 3 tables


ISBN: 9780199211494

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Making Women's Medicine Masculine

The Rise of Male Authority in Pre-Modern Gynaecology

Monica H. Green

  • The first general history of women's medicine in premodern Europe ever written
  • Based on a comprehensive survey of over 150 texts on women's medicine written prior to 1600, including both Latin and vernacular texts
  • Focuses particularly on the history of the so-called 'Trotula' treatises, the most popular texts on women's medicine in medieval Europe
  • Extends beyond the medieval period to show the impact of print and humanism, including a comprehensive list of all known texts on women's medicine printed between 1474 and 1600
  • Includes a fascinating selection of images related to women's medicine, both clinical encounters and works used to understand the nature of the female body