Hippocrates' Woman: Reading the Female Body in Ancient Greece
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BeschreibungGynecology in ancient Greece originated in the myth of the first woman Pandora, whose beautiful appearance was seen to cover her dangerous insides. This book explores how Greek healers understood the interior workings of the female body, and how gynecology was based on ideas about women and their bodies found in myth and ritual. Helen King also presents a detailed account of how doctors twisted ancient Greek texts into ways of controlling women's behavior, and how later medicine diagnosed hysteria and recommended clitoridectomy by claiming ancient Greek origins which never existed.
"Hippocrates' Woman" provides a provocative insight into the origins of gynecology and the influence of the early study and medical texts on later medical practices.
InhaltsverzeichnisChapter 1: Constructing the body - the inside body; Chapter 2: deceitful bodies, speaking bodies; Chapter 3: the daughter of Leonidas - reading case histories; Chapter 4: boold and goddesses; Chapter 5: Asklepios and women's healing; Chapter 6: what does medicine mean?; the pain of being human; Chapter 7: reading the past through the present - drugs and contraception in Hippocratic medicine; Chapter 8: gender and the healing role; Chapter 9: imaginary midwives; Chapter 10: green sickness - Hippocrates, Galen and the origins of the "disease of virgins"; Chapter 11: once upon a text - hysteria from Hippocrates.
Pressestimmen"King's book is an important contribution to the history of gynecology and offers a fresh look at traditional questions about Hippocrates and the Hippocratic corpus....."
-"Religious Studies Review, January 2002
"This is a brilliant work of synthesis.exceptionally well-produced."
"King's book is an important contribution to the history of gynecology and offers a fresh look at traditional questions about Hippocrates and the Hippocratic corpus through an analysis of the gynecological treatises and case reports. Bruce H. Kraut, University of Florida."
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: ROUTLEDGE CHAPMAN HALL
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1998
Seitenanzahl: 344 Seiten