Redheaded Neanderlady

Redheaded Neanderlady
This is a photoshopped version of something I found in National Geographic about the time I started researching

Friday, March 21, 2008

More goodies from Elizabeth Chadwick

Elizabeth Chadwick has another, absolutely incredible entry from The Trotula, a set of medieval medical treatises. They were all anonymously written, except for one, written, apparently, by a woman named Trota. They mostly deal with treatments of conditions peculiar to women. Which is nice, because I'm coming to a place in my present effort, which deals with a pregnant woman. And there are some, uh, interesting treatments in The Trotula, for childbirth problems, among others. Exactly how they were able to determine the way a fetus develops, in the way it does, is harder to determine, unless Trota(or whoever the author(s) might have been), had access to miscarried fetuses. Maybe they did. Whoever wrote The Trotula came from Salerno, which had one of the earliest medical schools in Europe. And they admitted women, too.
Anne G

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