Women's Health Essay

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Women's Health

Once upon a time, the many cultures of this world were all part of the gynocratic age. Paternity had not yet been discovered, and it was thought ... that women bore fruit like trees—when they were ripe. Childbirth was mysterious. It was vital. And it was envied. Women were worshipped because of it, were considered superior because of it.... Men were on the periphery—an interchangeable body of workers for, and worshippers of, the female center, the principle of life.
The discovery of paternity, of sexual cause and childbirth effect, was as cataclysmic for society as, say, the discovery of fire or the shattering of the atom. Gradually, the idea of male ownership of children took hold....
Gynocracy also
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· Roman physician - focused on the pathology of the female anatomy
· belief was that uterus was small animal that wandered throughout the woman's body & caused symptoms of hyteria
· Hence, the word hystero - pertaining to the uterus
· 1484- Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches) by Heinrich Krämer & Kakob Sprenger o required reading for all Roman Catholic judges o church was government o only men were allowed to be doctors o horrors inflicted on midwives
· 24,000 midwives executed as witches during the 15th through 18th centuies
· Fear of accusations drove midwives underground
· Barber-surgeons
· 1588 Peter Chamberlen invented forceps o family secret o charged enormous fees, payable in advance o blindfolded laboring woman, made noises (rattling chains, ringing bells) so waiting relatives could not hear
· cranioclast used prior to forceps
· Early 1800's o Obstetrics in Medical School curriculum o Believed practice more scientific o Pathogenic belief

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