A History of Contraception and Abortion in the West
By (author) John M. Riddle
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Eve's Herbs by John M. Riddle
Book DescriptionThe question addressed in this book is: if women once had access to effective means of birth control, why was this knowledge lost to them in modern times? The author asks what women knew about regulating fertility with herbs, and shows how the new intellectual, religious and legal climate of the early modern period tended to cast suspicion on women who employed the "secret knowledge" to terminate or prevent pregnancy. Knowledge of the menstral-regulating qualities of rue, pennyroyal and other herbs was widespread through the centuries among herbalists, apothecaries, doctors, and laywomen themselves, even as theologians and legal scholars began advancing the idea that the foetus was fully human from the moment of conception.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674270268
(235mm x 155mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John M. Riddle
Goddesses, Elixirs, and Witches, Hardback (March 2010)
This book offers a fascinating look at the tangled history of plant life and reproductive medicine, from antiquity to the present
Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance, Paperback (April 1994)» View all books by John M. Riddle
This text traces the history of contraception and abortifacients from ancient Egypt to the 17th century, and discusses the scientific merit of the ancient remedies and why this knowledge about fertility control was gradually lost over the course of the Middle Ages.
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Author Biography - John M. Riddle
John M. Riddle is Chair of the History Department and Alumni Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University.
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