Soranus' Gynecology

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JHU Press, 1991 - History - 258 pages
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Soranus was one of the most learned and lucid medical qriters of antiquity. Among his admirers was St. Augustine, who called him "pre-eminent author of medicine." He was a leading medical figure of the early second century A.D., and of his writings preserved in Greek the Gynecology is the most important and most revealing of his thought. Including a section on infant care, Soranus' Gynecology represents ancient gynecological and obstetrical practice at its height. Many of its teachings were to remain part of medical practive as late as the sixteenth century.

Soranus is regarded as the outstanding representative of a school of ancient medicine knoen as the "methodist" sect, which rivaled the more ancient "dogmatic" and "empirical" sects. The methodists rejected both etiological research and mere experience, concentrating instead on a study of the phenomena of diseases themselves. Long out of print, this first English translation of the authoritative Greek text of the Gynecology is now available in a paperback edition. An introduction and notes provide insight into the work's historical and scientific background.

 

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I was hoping for more pictures. With all this vajazzling and whatnot that goes on these days, I was hoping to see things how they really used to be. though after looking at the book, I see that the progress women have made with their vaginas is quite welcome.

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
xvii
INTRODUCTION
xxiii
SORANUS GYNECOLOGY
xxx
BOOK I
3
BOOK II
69
On the Care of the Newborn
79
How One Should Make the Infant Sit Up and Endeavor to Walk
115
When and How to Wean the Infant
117
On Soft Swelling of the Uterus
157
On Scirrhus and Sclerotic Changes in the Uterus
158
On Hemorrhage of the Uterus
161
On the Flux of Women
165
On the Flux of Semen
168
On Atony of the Uterus
170
On Paralysis of the Uterus
172
XV
173

On Teething
119
On Inflammation of the Tonsils
121
On Exanthemata and Itching
122
On Wheezing and Coughing
124
On Flux of the Bowels
125
BOOK III
128
On the Retention of the Menstrual Flux and on Difficult and Painful Menstruation
132
On Inflammation of the Uterus
143
On Satyriasis
148
On Hysterical Suffocation
149
On Tension of the Uterus missing
154
On Air in the Uterus
155
On Sterility and Barrenness missing
174
BOOK IV
175
How to diagnose the causes of difficult labor
183
How in General to Treat Difficult Labor and the Detailed Care of Difficult Labor
184
On Extraction by Hooks and Embryotomy
189
On Retention of the Secundines
196
On Abscesses in the Female Genitals missing VI On Ulcers of the Uterus missing VII On Cancers in the Uterus missing VIII On Fistulas in the Uteru...
200
On Phimosis of the Uterus missing XVII On Atresia missing XVIII On the Use of the Speculum missing
207
ANCIENT NAMES
211
MATERIA MEDICA
215
INDEX OF PERSONAL NAMES AND SUBJECTS
245
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Owsei Temkin, M.D., who recieved him 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 Instititue of the History of Medicine. His books include Hippocrates in a World of Pagans and Christians and The Double Face of Janus and Other Essays in the History of Medicine. Nicholson J. Eastman, Ludwig Edelstein, and Alan F. Guttmacher, from whome Dr. Temkin recieved individual help, were his colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Medical institutions.

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