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She will give birth immediately. Pregnancy and childbirth in medieval Hebrew medical texts produced in the Mediterranean West
Caballero Navas, Carmen (Universidad de Granada. Departamento de Estudios Semíticos)

Data: 2014
Resum: This essay approaches the medieval Hebrew literature on women’s healthcare, with the aim of analysing notions and ideas regarding fertility, pregnancy and childbirth, as conveyed in the texts that form the corpus. Firstly, the work discusses the approach of written texts to pregnancy and childbirth as key elements in the explanation of women’s health and the functioning of the female body. In this regard it also explores the role of this approach in the creation of meanings for both the female body and sexual difference. Secondly, it examines female management of pregnancy and childbirth as recorded in Hebrew medical literature. It pays attention to both the attitudes expressed by the authors, translators and copyists regarding female practice, as well as to instances and remedies derived from «local» traditions —that is, from women’s experience— in the management of pregnancy and childbirth, also recorded in the texts. Finally, the paper explores how medical theories alien to, or in opposition to, Judaism were adopted or not and, at times, adapted to Jewish notions with the aim of eliminating tensions from the text, on the one hand, and providing Jewish practitioners with adequate training to retain their Christian clientele, on the other.
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Matèria: Embarazo ; Parto ; Textos hebreos ; Diferencia sexual ; Práctica médica de las mujeres ; Pregnancy ; Childbirth ; Hebrew texts ; Sexual difference ; Women’s medical practice ; Embaràs ; Part ; Texts hebreus ; Diferència sexual ; Pràctica mèdica de les dones
Publicat a: Dynamis : Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque. Historiam Illustrandam, Vol. 34 Núm. 2 (2014) , p. 377-401, ISSN 0211-9536

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DOI: 10.4321/S0211-95362014000200006

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