birth, death, Hippocrates, midwives, pregnancy

Birth and risk: perceiving risk in historical societies

How can you work out past societies' awareness of risk, before stats come along to help? How was risk handled in ancient Greece?

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pregnancy, womb

What women know about sex (and eggs)

  One of the best-known stories from the ancient Greek medical texts tells of a slave entertainer who became pregnant but didn’t know what to do about it. In one of the versions that survived, from the Hippocratic treatise On Generation/Nature of the Child, she realized she was pregnant and told her owner, who in… Continue reading What women know about sex (and eggs)