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abortion  

Robert Sallares

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Dec 2015
Abortion was controversial in antiquity. Doctors taking the Hippocratic Oath (see hippocrates (2)) swore not to administer abortifacients, but other Hippocratic texts suggest that prostitutes (see ... More

Agnodice  

Helen King

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Mar 2016
Appears in *Hyginus (3) (Fab.274) in a list of discoverers and inventors. She is described as an Athenian girl who lived at a time when there were no *midwives, because women and slaves ... More

childbirth  

Gillian Clark

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Dec 2015
Childbirth was generally the concern of women, either family and neighbours or experienced *midwives who were sometimes ranked as doctors, but male doctors expected to be called in for difficult ... More

gynaecology  

Helen King

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Dec 2015
Gynaecology existed in the ancient world as a medical specialism, but its separate identity was not always permitted by wider medical theories. The significant question was this: do women have ... More

Hypatia  

G. J. Toomer

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Dec 2015
Woman learned in mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy (d. 415 ce). Daughter of the mathematician *Theon(4) of *Alexandria (1), she revised the third book of his Commentary on the ... More

Soranus, of Ephesus, physician  

Helen King

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Jul 2015
Under *Trajan and *Hadrian (ce ... More

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