Women's healthcare in the medieval West : texts and contexts /
Monica H. Green.
Aldershot [Eng.] : Ashgate, 2000.
1 v. (various pagings). : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Aldershot [Eng.] : Ashgate, 2000.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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In this collection of seven major essays (one of them published here for the first time), Monica Green argues that a history of women's healthcare in medieval western Europe has not yet been written because it cannot yet be written - the vast majority of texts relating to women's healthcare have never been edited or studied. Using the insights of women's history and gender studies, Green shows how historians need to peel off the layers of unfounded assumption and stereotype that have characterized the little work that has been done on medieval women's healthcare. Seen in their original contexts, medieval gynecological texts raise questions of women's activity as healthcare providers and recipients, as well as questions of how the sexual division of labor, literacy, and professionalization functioned in the production and use of medical knowledge on the female body. An appendix lists all known medieval gynecological texts in Latin and the western European vernacular languages.
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Monica Green argues that a real history of women's healthcare in medieval Western Europe has not yet been written. Her reasoning is based upon the fact that most extant texts, relating to women's healthcare, have never been edited or studied.
Table of Contents
Historical questions and methodologies: Women's medical practice and health care in medieval Europe
Documenting medieval women's medical practice
Identifying the texts: The De genecia attributed to Constantine the African
Obstetrical and gynecological texts in Middle English
The development of the Trotula
Exploring the contexts: 'Traittié tout de mençonges': the Secrés des dames, 'Trotula', and attitudes towards women's medicine in 14th- and early 15th-century France
The possibilities of literacy and the limits of reading: women and the gendering of medical literacy
Appendix: Medieval gynecological literature: a handlist
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