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Not of Woman Born: Representations of Caesarean Birth in Medieval and Renaissance Culture
     

Not of Woman Born: Representations of Caesarean Birth in Medieval and Renaissance Culture

by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
 

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"Vividly tracing the evolution of Caesarean birth from the early 1300s (when the operation was performed almost exclusively by midwives) through the Renaissance period (when midwives were considered witches and male surgeons took control), Blumenfeld-Kosinski . . . does more than provide [an] engrossingly accessible, historical account of the now-commonplace procedure

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"Vividly tracing the evolution of Caesarean birth from the early 1300s (when the operation was performed almost exclusively by midwives) through the Renaissance period (when midwives were considered witches and male surgeons took control), Blumenfeld-Kosinski . . . does more than provide [an] engrossingly accessible, historical account of the now-commonplace procedure--she unveils the roots of a medical misogyny that still prevails today. A richly cross-disciplined study utilizing depictions of Caesarean delivery in art, literature, and medical texts and illuminations (illustrations), [this book] is a captivating and revealing work that will be relished by readers of medical and cultural history, as well as by those who are interested in the subject of male dominance over women."--Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Blumenfeld-Kosinski traces the evolution of cesarean birth from the midwives of the early 1300s to the male surgeons of the Renaissance, revealing the emergence of a still-extant medical misogyny. ``A scholarly, yet engrossing account . . . that will be relished by readers of medical and cultural history, as well as by those who are interested in the subject of male dominance over women,'' said PW. Illustrated. (Oct.)

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ISBN-13:
9780801499746
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1990
Series:
4/18/2002
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.58(d)

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