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Seller: ancientgifts (4,777) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123041589411 The Trotula: A Medieval Compendium of Women's Medicine, Edited and Translated by Monica H. Green. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 301 pages. Publisher: University of Pennsylvania; (2001). The "Trotula" was the most influential compendium on women's medicine in medieval Europe. Scholarly debate has long focused on the traditional attribution of the work to the mysterious Trotula, said to have been the first female professor of medicine in eleventh or twelfth-century Salerno, just south of Naples, then the leading center of medical learning in Europe. Yet as Monica H. Green reveals in her introduction to this first edition of the Latin text since the sixteenth century, and the first English translation of the book ever based upon a medieval form of the text, the "Trotula" is not a single treatise but an ensemble of three independent works, each by a different author. To carrying degrees, these three works reflect the synthesis of indigenous practices of southern Italians with the new theories, practices, and medicinal substances coming out of the Arabic world. Arguing that these texts can be understood only within the intellectual and social context that produced them, Green analyzes them against the background of historical gynecological literature as well as current knowledge about women's lives in twelfth-century southern Italy. She examines the history and composition of the three works and introduces the reader to the medieval culture of Salerno from which they emerged. Among her findings is that the second of the three texts, "On the Treatments for Women", does derive from the work of a Salerno woman healer named Trota. However the other two texts, "On the Conditions of Women" and "On Women's Cosmetics", are probably of male authorship, a fact indicating the complex gender relations surrounding the production and use of knowledge about the female body. Through an exhaustive study of the extant manuscripts of the "Trotula", Green presents a critical edition of the so-called standardized "Trotula" ensemble, a composite form of the texts that was produced in the mid-thirteenth century and circulated widely in learned circles. The facing-page complete English translation makes the work accessible to a broad audience of readers interested in medieval history, women's studies, and the pre-modern systems of medical thought and practice. CONDITION: New, never read. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Monica H. Green is a primary contributor to a new field of inquiry: the history of women's health care in pre-modern Europe. In addition to her academic career, she has published extensively on various aspects of this new subject. Several of her major essays are collected in "Women's Healthcare and the Medieval West: Texts and Contexts", and her edition and translation of "The Trotula: A Medieval Compendium of Women's Medicine" was published in 2001 Green, who received her PhD in the history of science from Princeton University, has held fellowships at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and the National Humanities Center. She was an associate professor of history at Duke University until 2001, when she was appointed Professor of History at Arizona State University. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Specialists, students, and medieval and women's history enthusiasts will find here rigorous and satisfying answers to questions about medieval medicine, women's health, women's learning and practical traditions, and about the convergence of classical, Arabic, and local knowledge. REVIEW: This is the definitive "Trotula", a new edition of which will not be necessary. . . . This book will be useful to historians of medicine, of women's studies, of medieval culture, and of southern Italy, and to graduate, and even undergraduate students interested in grappling with the actual practice of medieval medicine. REVIEW: Thanks to Monica H. Green's splendid new critical edition and translation . . . one of the toughest nuts of medieval medical learning has been cracked. The introduction and translation are spirited and readable; both could be profitably assigned to undergraduates and would provide an excellent entry not only into medieval women's medicine but also into the rich worlds of medical practice and textual transmission. REVIEW: "The Trotula: A Medieval Compendium of Women's Medicine" furnishes students and scholars with an invaluable reference. Backed by more than twenty years of scrupulous research and publication, as well as an insightful methodology, it also provides them with an object of inspiration. Green's work is a remarkable example of scholarship. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: The Trotula has a unique importance as it was written apparently by a woman, for a female audience, and on the subject of women. The text considers women's physical constitution, what makes them different from men (primarily the possession of a womb) and, in particular, the three types of problem that the womb causes. The text attributed to 'Trotula', in the Middle Ages was believed to be the name of a midwife or gynecologist from Salerno, who wrote extensively on women's ailments, childbirth and beauty care. Recent work shows that such a woman, probably named Trota, did exist and that she did write a gynecological treatise, the Trotula or 'little Trota', which became closely associated with two other texts not by her. All three however became very popular and were widely disseminated under her name. REVIEW: If you are interested in Women's Studies or the Medieval World of Europe, this is a must-have and is well worth the time to read it. A wonderful collection which will surely stimulate insights into the Medieval Woman's World. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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