The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages: Medicine, Science, and Culture

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 31, 1995 - Medical - 310 pages
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This book explores the ways in which scientific ideas about sex differences in the later Middle Ages participated in the broader cultural assumptions about gender. Professor Cadden discusses how medieval natural philosophical theories and medical notions about reproduction and sexual impulses and experiences intersected with ideas about such matters as the social roles of men and women, the purpose of marriage, and the road to salvation. Grounded in history, feminist theory, and cultural studies, The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages should appeal to a wide range of scholars and students.
 

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Contents

THE EVOLUTION
11
The transmission of ancient
39
The emergence of issues and the ordering of opinions
54
medicine and natural philosophy
105
SEX DIFFERENCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION
167
Creation
188
The possibilities and limitations
201
The pursuit of progeny and the failure
228
Sterility fertility and sex difference
249
The reins on restraint
271
Printed works
286
Index
305
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