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The physical activity of parturition in ancient Egypt : textual and epigraphical sources
Töpfer, Susanne (University of Heidelberg. Institute of Egyptology)

Data: 2014
Resum: Many medical and magical texts concerning childbirth and delivery are known from ancient Egypt. Most of them are spells, incantations, remedies and prescriptions for the woman in labour in order to accelerate the delivery or protect the unborn child and parturient. The medical and magical texts do not contain any descriptions of parturition itself, but there are some literary, astronomical and mythological texts, as well as a few incantations, which describe the biological act of childbirth and also miscarriage in more detail. Besides the textual sources, the decoration of temple walls and mammisis (birth houses), as well as illustrations on a birth brick provide an insight into the moment of delivery. In this paper, I focus on the «scientific» depiction of the biological act of childbirth, on how it is described in non-medical sources. Although the main sources are mythological-theological texts with numerous analogies, it is remarkable how many details they provide. They contain descriptions that would be expected in the context of medical sources.
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Matèria: Aborto espontáneo ; Cordón umbilical ; Parteras ; Casas de parto ; Ladrillo de parto ; Miscarriage ; Umbilical cord ; Midwives ; Mammisi ; Birth brick ; Abortament espontani ; Cordó umilical ; Llevadores ; Cases de part ; Maó de part
Publicat a: Dynamis : Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque. Historiam Illustrandam, Vol. 34 Núm. 2 (2014) , p. 317-335, ISSN 0211-9536

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DOI: 10.4321/S0211-95362014000200003

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