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- DescriptionThe question addressed in this book is: if women once had access to effective means of birth control, why was this kwledge 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 kwledge to terminate or prevent pregnancy. Kwledge 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.
- Author BiographyJohn M. Riddle is Chair of the History Department and Alumni Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University.
- Author(s)John M. Riddle
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication05/05/1999
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note8 tables, 1 line illustration
- Weight494 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine20 mm
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