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The Histories

Abstract

Women in the ancient world were subject to ancient practices of medicine. This seems obvious to the reader, however to truly understand what the implications of “ancient practices of medicine” are, one must step out of the realm of today’s technology. Feminine healthcare is something taken advantage of in modernity by many. It has a crucial role in the sustaining of a population, though is frequently overlooked in many cultures of today as nonessential medical practice. This specialization should not be ignored and certainly was not in Ancient Rome. The doctors and midwives and nurses of the time took great care in their work, paying particular attention to cures and remedies that, to the modern reader, may seem absurd and experimental. Primarily focused on pregnancy and birthing procedure, studies of this realm of medical necessity show the primitive nature, with some similarities to how obstetrics and gynecology are practiced today.