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Making a disease from a remedy: Trotula and vaginismus

  Here’s a particularly fine case of Bad History, showing that while it’s bad enough to modify an ancient text to make it into a precursor of a modern condition, it’s even worse to misread a remedy as a symptom in order to make a historical text do what you want it to do! Trotula… Continue reading Making a disease from a remedy: Trotula and vaginismus

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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