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The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher

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Paperback, Large Print, 376 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published 1684)
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Will
Jan 31, 2015 Will rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"A word of Advice to both Sexes, consisting of several Directions with regard to Copulation.

As Nature has a mutual desire for copulation in every creature, for the increase and propagation of its kind, and more especially in man, the lord of creation and the masterpiece of Nature, in order that such a noble piece of divine workmanship should not perish, something ought to be said concerning it, it being the foundation of everything that we have hitherto been treating of, since without copulation
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Jul 23, 2016 A Marie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Any interest in this book will primarily lie in its historical function, obviously (Leopold Bloom spies a copy in Joyce's _Ulysses_, as noted in this wonderful review: http://publicdomainreview.org/2015/08...). The book was a kind of blockbuster, reflecting a period in which interest in the self, the body, and gender norms had intensified. For that reason, it has appeal across a range of inquiries, from the history of science and the history of sexuality and of gender to literary production thro ...more
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May 10, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
This book was so crazy. A midwifery manual from the 17 century, it was falsely attributed to Aristotle somehow. It's full of interesting "scientific information" about anatomy, physiology, genetics, conception, gestation, and many other topics. At the time this information was modern and accepted, but the vast majority of it has since been disproven. In addition, there are many recipes for remedies, medicines, poultices, and much more, that would certainly interest the modern-day herbalist. Howe ...more
Adam Stevenson
Sep 10, 2013 Adam Stevenson rated it really liked it
There is something fascinating in old medical works, and this piece of seventeenth century popular science about how to make and deliver babies is no exception. Some of the information and advice seems sensible, some seems enlightened, some seems crazy and some seems criminal but it's all based on a view of the body we no longer hold, unless we are one of them holistic/qi/good and bad energy nutjob type people.
Andrew
Jan 07, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting as a primary source for historical study, but boring and useless in all other contexts.
Jeremy
Jun 18, 2007 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Where children thus are born with hairy coats
Heaven's wrath unto the kingodom it denotes.
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