Soranus' Gynecology

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JHU Press, Aug 1, 1991 - History - 258 pages
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It is splendid news for all classicists, especially those interested in the history of women in antiquity that Owsei Temkin's translation of Soranus' Gynecology is back again in print . . . thanks are due to the Johns Hopkins Press for reissuing Dr. Temkin's translation in paperback. Today's students in Women in Antiquity classes will now have full access to this important evidence for women's daily lives in the early Empire. Temkin draws upon his experiences as a physician to supplement Soranus's vague descriptions of medicines. The translation avoids modern medical terminology, keeping close to the original Greek.
  

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Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
xvii
SORANUS GYNECOLOGY
xxx
Into How Many and What Sections the Doctrine of Gynecology
1
What Are the Signs of Conception?
42
What Are the Signs According to the Ancients Whether the Fetus Is Male or Female?
44
What Care Should Be Given Pregnant Women?
45
On Pica kissa
49
What Is the Care from the Pica till Parturition?
54
How to Cleanse
82
How to Swaddle
84
On Laying the Newborn Down
87
On Food
88
On the Selection of a Wet Nurse
90
On Testing the Milk
94
How to Conduct the Regimen of the Nurse
97
What One Should Do if the Milk Stops or Becomes Spoiled or Thick or Thin
101

What Grows inside the Uterus of the Pregnant Woman?
58
What Are the Signs of Impending Abortion?
61
Whether One Ought to Make Use of Abortives and Con traceptives and How?
62
bOOK II
69
What Must One Prepare for Labor?
70
hi What Must One Do in Delivery ?
72
What Is the Care of the Woman after Labor? missing
76
On the Intumescence of the Breasts
77
On the Care of the Newborn
79
How to Sever the Navel Cord
80
On the Bath and Massage of the Newborn
103
How and When to Give the Newborn the Breast
108
On the Dropping off of the Umbilical Cord
114
xxm On Inflammation of the Tonsils
121
bOOK III
128
book iv
175
ANCIENT NAMES
211
INDEX OF PERSONAL NAMES AND SUbJECTS
245
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Owsei Temkin, who holds his medical degree from the University of Leipzig, is William H. Welch Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine and former director of the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine. Widely recognized as one of the leading authorities in his field, Dr. Temkin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of the Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies. Among his previous books is The Falling Sickness: A History of Epilepsy from the Greeks to the Beginning of Modern Neurology and The Double Face of Janus and Other Essays in the History of Medicine, the latter available from Johns Hopkins.

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