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Secrets of women : gender, generation, and the origins of human dissection

Author: Katharine Park
Publisher: New York : Zone Books, 2010, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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Toward the end of the Middle Ages, medical writers and philosophers began to devote increasing attention to what they called "women's secrets," by which they meant female sexuality and generation. At the same time, Italian physicians and surgeons began to open human bodies in order to study their functions and the illnesses that afflicted them, culminating in the great illustrated anatomical treatise of Andreas  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katharine Park
ISBN: 9781890951689 1890951684
OCLC Number: 718102708
Awards: Winner of American Association for the History of Medicine William H. Welch Medal 2009.
Description: 419 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Holy anatomies --
Secrets of women --
The mother's part --
The evidence of the senses --
The empire of anatomy.
Responsibility: Katharine Park.

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Women's bodies and the study of anatomy in Italy between the late thirteenth and the mid-sixteenth centuries.  Read more...

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