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Hippocrates' Women: Reading the Female Body in Ancient Greece

Hippocrates' Women: Reading the Female Body in Ancient Greece

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By (author) Helen King

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 23mm | 580g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415138949
  • ISBN 13: 9780415138949

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Hippocrates' Woman demonstrates the role of Hippocratic ideas about the female body in the subsequent history of western gynaecology. It examines these ideas not only in the social and cultural context in which they were first produced, but also the ways in which writers up to the Victorian period have appealed to the material in support of their own theories. Among the conflicting tange of images of women given in the Hippocratic corpus existed one tradition of the female body which says it is radically unlike the male body, behaving in different ways and requiring a different set of therapies. This book sets this model within the context of Greek mythology, especially the myth of Pandora and her difference from men, to explore the image of the body as something to be read. Hippocrates' Woman presents an arresting study of the origins of gynaecology, an exploration of how the interior workings of the female body were understood and the influence of Hippocrates' theories on the gynaecology of subsequent ages.

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"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."-Isis "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."

Table of contents

Chapter 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.