ANCIENT MEDICAL TREATMENTS How to stop 'an eager womb from wandering'.
Ancient Greek doctors believed that a woman's womb was a separate creature with a mind of its own. According to the writings of Plato and Hippocrates, when a woman was celibate for an extended time, her uterus described as a "living animal" eager to bear children could dislodge and glide freely about her body causing suffocation, seizures and hysteria.
To prevent their wombs from moving around, women were married off young and bore as many children as possible.
For a womb that was already wandering, doctors prescribed therapeutic baths, infusions and physical massages to try to force it back into position. They might even "fumigate" the patient's head with sulphur while simultaneously rubbing pleasant-smelling lotions between her thighs the logic being that the womb would flee from the bad smells and move back into its rightful place.
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|Title Annotation:||Features; Opinion Column|
|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 15, 2016|
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