Bad History, doctors, drugs, Hippocrates, menstruation, pregnancy, sex, womb

IUD or not IUD? Did the Hippocratics invent the first intrauterine device?

"Around 400 B.C., writers from the Hippocrates school discussed a contraceptive similar to the intrauterine device (IUD) of today. This particular apparatus was a hollow tube filled with mutton-fat..." Really??

midwives, womb

“Call the Midwife” – or knit your own womb

 (this post develops an earlier version that first appeared in July 2013 on   It was one of those moments that only happens when academics and practitioners are in the same room… For about a year, I had been thinking about the history of visual representations of body parts, and had been introducing audiences… Continue reading “Call the Midwife” – or knit your own womb