medical instruments, sex, virginity

The speculum finally gets redesigned – by women

concerns about cold, clanking equipment used in gynaecological procedures go back a long way in history

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Bad History, Hippocrates, remedies

Hairs of Hippocrates?

Did Hippocrates develop a remedy against baldness because he was worried about his own hair loss? As readers of my previous posts here will know, normally when Hippocrates gets dragged into a modern medical discussion it’s to validate whatever the writer is trying to sell; for example, watercress. But in the discussions of baldness, the… Continue reading Hairs of Hippocrates?

menstruation

The history of menstruation

Julia Margaret Cameron’s Hypatia    Everything has a history: even menstruation. I managed to write an 80,000 word doctoral thesis on menstruation in classical Greece, which just goes to show that there's a story to be told there! I've shared a few of the weirder beliefs here. One of the questions I couldn’t answer in… Continue reading The history of menstruation