Erkundungen des Fremden: Uber korrigierende' Eingriffe an den weiblichen pudenda in der vormodernen Medizin

Translated title of the contribution: Explorations of the Unknown: On 'corrective' interventions on the female pudenda in pre-modern medicine

Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio, Katharina Luise Forg

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Abstract

Medical knowledge about female genital mutilation, a practice still widespread today, dates back to antiquity. Coinciding with the "rediscovery" of female genitalia, information about clitoridectomy and infibulation began circulating in anatomical texts from around 1550 onwards. In addition to classical sources, traveller's reports are also carefully consulted here. Terminological ambiguities typify these descriptions of the morphology and physiology of the pudenda. This study discloses and pieces together sources and discourses that have previously only been studied as fragments, thereby tracing the prevailing acceptance among physicians of mutilating 'corrections' of the pudenda.

Translated title of the contributionExplorations of the Unknown: On 'corrective' interventions on the female pudenda in pre-modern medicine
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)2-35
Number of pages34
JournalMedizinhistorisches Journal
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

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