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Eve's Herbs : A History of Contraception and Abortion in the West by John M. Riddle

Eve's Herbs : A History of Contraception and Abortion in the West
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Author: John M. Riddle
Page Count: 352 pages
Published Date: 05 May 1999
Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication Country: Cambridge, Mass, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780674270268
File size: 10 Mb
File Name: Eve's.Herbs.A.History.of.Contraception.and.Abortion.in.the.West.pdf
Download Link: Eve's Herbs A History of Contraception and Abortion in the West
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The 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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