Predicting and Choosing Babys Gender in the Hippocratic Corpus

Florence Bourbon

Abstract


Many various Hippocratic treatises, as Epidemics, Aphorisms, Barren Women, Superfetation  and Generation, deal with babys gender.

According to them, there are a few ways to know if a pregnant woman is waiting for a boy or a girl. It is even possible to decide having a boy or a girl by giving drugs to woman or controlling mans body. Those predictions and technics rely upon opposite theories about generation (like the ones of Generation  and Regimen ) and enable us to explain how, in the Hippocratic Corpus , the particularities of female and male body take part in genetics.

 

Key words: Hippocratic Corpus - Generation - Gender


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