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The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages: Medicine, Natural Philosophy, and Culture (Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine)

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This book explores the ways in which scientific ideas about sex differences in the later Middle Ages participated in the broader cultural assumptions about gender. Professor Cadden discusses how medieval natural philosophical theories and medical notions about reproduction and sexual impulses and experiences intersected with ideas about such matters as the social roles of ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published January 28th 1993 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1993)
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Didn't actually finish, but what I did read was excellent. Still haven't found the exact citation for the primary source which sets out in detail how which part of the womb the foetus implants in creates both m/f/other sexes and masculine or feminine traits, though.
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A bit repetitive after a certain point, but still stays interesting. Really enjoyable and informative read.
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not easy to read because of awkward sentences
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Joan Cadden is Professor Emerita of medieval history and literature in the History Department of the University of California, Davis.
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