Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thiele, A. (n.d.). Ancient Egyptian Midwifery and Childbirth. EMuseum @ Minnesota State University Mankato.
  • Brief summary

Thompson, J. (2005, November).
Health - Greek Approach to Women's Illness, Pregnancy and Childbirth. Women in the Ancient World.
  • Very brief summary of women's health and fertility and related practices in ancient Greece.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

International Society for the History of Medicine (ISHM) (open access archive, no discrete URL for the journal, accessed via society homepage):

The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL (open access archives at PubMed):
Medical History Medical History, Supplement

  • Hirt Raj, M. (2006). Médecins et malades de l'Egypte romaine : étude socio-légale de la profession médicale et de ses praticiens du Ier au IVe siècle ap. J.-C. Geneva.
  • Jouanna, J. (2004). Médecine égyptienne et médecine grecque. In La médecine grecque antique, Cahiers de la Villa Kérylos (Vol. 15, pp. 1-21). Presented at the 14e colloque de la villa Kérylos à Beaulieu-sur-Mer, les 10 & 11 octobre 2003, Paris: Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres/de Boccard.
  • Marganne, M. (1996). La médecine dans l'Egypte romaine : les sources et les méthodes. Aufsteig und Niedergang der Römischen Welt, 37(3), 2709-2740.
  • Spieser, C. (2003). Femmes et divinités enceintes dans l'Egypte du Nouvel Empire. In Naissance et petite enfance dans l'Antiquité, collection Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis (pp. 69-92). Presented at the colloque de Fribourg, 28 novembre-1er décembre 2001, Fribourg: Éditions St-Paul- Ruprecht Verlag.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Reproduction, childbirth, rituals in Egypt and Greece
Hansen, N. (2007, May). Motherhood in the mother of the world: Continuity and change of reproductive concepts and practices in Egypt from ancient to modern times (PhD Dissertation). University of Chicago.
Chamberlain, G. (n.d.). Historical perspectives on health: Childbirth in Ancient Egypt -- Chamberlain 124 (6): 284 -- The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health. Retrieved March 11, 2008
Wise, S. (2008, February). Childbirth votives and rituals in ancient Greece (PhD Dissertation). University of Cincinnati.
Easton, Y. (2007, November). Gendered conceptions: Reproductions of pregnancy and childbirth in Greek literature (PhD Dissertation). University of Washington.

Cesarean Section

Barrat, J. (1988). The history of cesarean section. Its implications in current obstetrical management. Revue française de gynécologie et d'obstétrique, 83(4), 225-230.
Boley, J. (1991). The history of caesarean section. Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne, 145(4), 319-322.
Lurie, S. (2005). The changing motives of cesarean section: from the ancient world to the twenty-first century. Archives of gynecology and obstetrics, 271(4), 281-285.

York, R. (1984). The history of induction. Midwife, health visitor & community nurse, 20(4), 109-116.

Death in Childbirth
Andrews, C. (1984). Egyptian Mummies. Trustees of the British Museum introductory series (US Edition.). Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
  • pp. 66-67, Maatkare, d. of HP Pinudjem I (c. 1050) "God's Wife of Amun" celibate appointment, however, examination of her body shows she died either during or shortly after childbirth
  • p. 100, Maatkare and baby: breasts enlarged due to lactation (but if died in CB would be large - last trmstr)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Some related web materials

History of Nursing

Women's Health, especially childbirth related

I've started this blog as a means of compiling materials for the study of a range of healthcare topics in the ancient world. The issues I'm chiefly interested in pursuing (for what it's worth, since the information is patchy and varied) relate to nursing care, midwifery and maternity care, care of the elderly as well as narrower topics such as the possibility of cesarean section in the premodern world. I'm hoping that by compiling material here (distilled from the meanderings I currently accumulate in zotero) that a clearer picture will emerge, allowing me to go forward with something more focused and intelligible. I hope I will in fact actually be able to make a meaningful contribution to knowledge.
My initial caveat then is that to start with this will be somewhat imprecise, so please bear with me. Should anyone feel inclined to read or look over what I'm doing and has comments or suggestions, I would be most grateful to receive them.