Midwifery, Obstetrics and the Rise of Gynaecology

The Uses of a Sixteenth-Century Compendium
Author(s): 
King, Helen
ISBN: 
9780754653967
Date published: 
July 2007
Hardback
Price: 
£55.00
Pages: 
240

The Gynaeciorum libri, a compendium of ancient and contemporary texts on gynaecology, is the inspiration for this intensive exploration of the origins of a subfield of medicine. Focusing on its readers in the period from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century, when men and women were in competition for control over childbirth, Helen King sheds new light on how the claim of female difference was shaped by specific social and cultural conditions.