Category Archives: History of gynaecology

The snake-goddess, the satyr and the parturient: Jean Chièze’s Hippocratic illustrations

Sites like Ebay have make it incredibly easy to buy antiques and antiquarian books. But the best way to find antiques remains flea markets. These have always been one of my father’s passion. I remember going to flea-markets in Brussels … Continue reading

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An odd purchase

One of the best things about Penarth, the little town where we live, is the charity shops. They do sell an amazing array of stuff. As I was walking past Oxfam on Bank Holiday Monday last week, I noticed in … Continue reading

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Breastmilk and other bodily fluids

UK news have been awash with breastfeeding this last week. A mum of a 12-week old baby was told to cover up while nursing at posh hotel Claridge’s. This was followed by a media frenzy, with commentators on both sides of the … Continue reading

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The wind of change

My last post, on bean poisoning, received some very good responses on Twitter. In particular @HistorianJen pointed out to me that, in the early modern period, beans were used as aphrodisiacs because of their similarity with the sexual organs. This … Continue reading

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Milky love

 So I have not blogged for a month. I guess I have been a bit busy juggling family life and full-time academic work. Baby G. and Big-Boy T. have also decided that they would celebrate the Summer Solstice for a … Continue reading

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Of milk and honey II

I have not posted for a while. I got ‘distracted’ writing blog posts on King Attalus’ interest in pharmacology for the Recipes Project and on the use of deer penis and deer antlers for Guerilla Archaeology. As promised though, I … Continue reading

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Of milk and honey

There hardly goes a week without a newsreport on breatsmilk and/or breastfeeding. This week we are told that giving some formula during the first few days of a baby’s life will boost chances of breastfeeding for the recommended six-month period. … Continue reading

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