9780199211494-0199211493-Making Women's Medicine Masculine: The Rise of Male Authority in Pre-Modern Gynaecology

Making Women's Medicine Masculine: The Rise of Male Authority in Pre-Modern Gynaecology

ISBN-13: 9780199211494
ISBN-10: 0199211493
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Green, Monica H.
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 496 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780199211494
ISBN-10: 0199211493
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Green, Monica H.
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 496 pages

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Acknowledged authors Green, Monica H. wrote Making Women's Medicine Masculine: The Rise of Male Authority in Pre-Modern Gynaecology comprising 496 pages back in 2008. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0199211493 and 9780199211494. Since then Making Women's Medicine Masculine: The Rise of Male Authority in Pre-Modern Gynaecology textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Making Women's Medicine Masculine challenges the common belief that prior to the eighteenth century men were never involved in any aspect of women's healthcare in Europe. Using sources ranging from the writings of the famous twelfth-century female practitioner, Trota of Salerno, all the way to the great tomes of Renaissance male physicians, and covering both medicine and surgery, this study demonstrates that men slowly established more and more authority in diagnosing and prescribing treatments for women's gynecological conditions (especially infertility) and even certain obstetrical conditions.

Even if their "hands-on" knowledge of women's bodies was limited by contemporary mores, men were able to establish their increasing authority in this and all branches of medicine due to their greater access to literacy and the knowledge contained in books, whether in Latin or the vernacular. As Monica Green shows, while works written in French, Dutch, English, and Italian were sometimes addressed to women, nevertheless even these were often re-appropriated by men, both by practitioners who treated women nd by laymen interested to learn about the "secrets" of generation.

While early in the period women were considered to have authoritative knowledge on women's conditions (hence the widespread influence of the alleged authoress "Trotula"), by the end of the period to be a woman was no longer an automatic qualification for either understanding or treating the conditions that most commonly afflicted the female sex--with implications of women's exclusion from production of knowledge on their own bodies extending to the present day.

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