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Medicine and the making of Roman women : gender, nature, and authority from Celsus to Galen

Author: Rebecca Flemming
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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"In this book Dr. Flemming includes new translations of some of the works of medical practitioners from Celsus, writing during the reign of Tiberius, to Galen, whose career ended under the Severans, and puts their ideas about women's bodies in their social and philosophical contexts." "Relations between women and medicine are now a major area of historical enquiry, but the Roman imperial era, despite the plentiful  Read more...
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Named Person: Galen.; Galen; Galen.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Flemming
ISBN: 0199240027 9780199240029
OCLC Number: 44841509
Description: xii, 453 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Medicine and the Historical Relations of Gender, Nature, and Authority --
Pt. I. A Brief Introduction to Roman Medicine. 1. The Social and Cultural Formation of Roman Medicine. 2. A Rough Guide to the Conceptual World of Roman Medicine --
Pt. II. Before Galen. 3. The Medical Woman between Folk Tradition and Philosophy. 4. Sects and the Medical Woman --
Pt. III. Galen. 5. Women, Power, and Knowledge in the World of Galen's Works. 6. Galen's Woman. Conclusion: Medicine and the Making of Roman Women --
App. 1. Listing of Medical Authors, Works, Editions, Translations, and their Abbreviations --
App. 2. Medicae and Iatrinai in Inscriptions.
Responsibility: Rebecca Flemming.
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