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Apport de Mustio à la représentation de la femme antique
Title of the book
Body, Disease and Treatment in a Changing World. Latin texts and contexts in ancient and medieval medicine (Proceedings of the ninth International Conference «Ancient Latin Medical Texts», Hulme Hall, University of Manchester, 5th-8th September 2007)
Address of publication
Langslow D. et Maire B.
Bibliothèque d'histoire de la médecine et de la santé
This essay analyses the complex interactions of medical, social and cultural discourse in Mustio's Gynaecia. In the light of recent work on the history of classical medicine informed by gender studies, notably by H. King, L. Dean-Jones and R. Flemming, it highlights the original contribution of Mustio's Sorani Gynaeciorum uetus translatio Latina to a history of medicine that takes its social and cultural dimensions into consideration. Mustio's way of representing women in this treatise, notably his understanding of the female body through various physical states and specific illnesses, indeed reveals significant changes and developments that took place in the medical art as well as in ancient society at large.
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