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The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages: Medicine, Science, and Culture

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Based on history, feminist theory and cultural studies, this text explores the ways in which scientific ideas about sex differences in the later Middle Ages participated in the broader cultural assumptions about gender, the social roles of men and women, purpose of marriage, etc.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 15th 2003 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1993)
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Emily
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting approach to viewing medieval medicinal thoughts on women and their reproductive organs. Anyone interested in feminism, medieval history, medical history - you would really enjoy this book. Joan Cradden doesn't make this too complicated - rather quite simple. The research is thorough and summaries interesting. I enjoyed this immensely.
Though, you need somewhere quiet to focus on this!
Highlyeccentric
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.
Kristen
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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