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  1. May 07,  · You see, for the Greeks, there was no ailment more dangerous for a woman than her womb spontaneously wandering around her abdominal cavity. It was an ailment that none other than the great.
  2. Apr 28,  · The Wandering Womb: Female Hysteria through the Ages 1. Mark J Adair, “Plato’s View of the ‘Wandering Uterus,’” The Classical Journal (), p. 2. G. S. Rousseau, “‘A Strange Pathology:’ Hysteria in the Early Modern World, ” in Hysteria Beyond Freud 3. Quoted in Matt Simon.
  3. A uterus in any of these above positions are often referred to as being “tilted or prolapsed.” A tilted uterus may result into many female reproductive disharmony’s. Women are often told, “you have a tilted uterus, there is nothing that can be done,” or it’s normal don’t worry about it.”.
  4. Jan 24,  · Hungry and bored, the uterus roamed throughout the body looking for food and purpose, heating and violently compressing vital organs in a “fit,” or “paroxysm.” From Plato onward, medical authorities described the fickle uterus as an independent animal whose appetites and movements were beyond the control of body or mind.
  5. In ancient Egypt, a wandering womb was described in medical documents known as the Kahun and Smith papyri. Presumably the most ancient medical document, the Kahun (or Lahun, Illahun, or Kahoun) papyrus was almost exclusively dedicated to the issues of women's health care and the problems of the uterus, though it also addressed veterinary medicine.
  6. wandering womb. One of the more well-known theories of hysteria is the early idea of the wandering womb. What this diagnosis implied was that the afflicted female’s uterus was roaming the body interfering with other areas, resulting in the symptoms that they had. Because of the way the theory is constructed, it could be used to explain ailments in nearly every part of the body.
  7. The concept of a pathological "wandering womb" was later viewed as the source of the term hysteria, which stems from the Greek cognate of uterus, ὑστέρα (hystera), although the word hysteria does not feature in ancient Greek medicine: 'the noun is not used in this period'.
  8. Women have long been seen as at the mercy of their biology. In the ancient medical world it was believed that a 'wandering womb' caused suffocation and death. Menstruation and pregnancy were thought to make women the weaker sex, both physically and mentally.
  9. Feb 26,  · Even today, when wombs have stopped wandering, medicine tends to pathologize the vagaries of the female reproductive system, from menarche to menopause. Women of ancient times themselves looked Author: Mary Lefkowitz.

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