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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)
by Joan Cadden
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
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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.
Joan Cadden is Professor Emerita of medieval history and literature in the History Department of the University of California, Davis.More about Joan Cadden...