The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages: Medicine, Science, and Culture - Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine (Paperback)Joan Cadden (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 227 x 152 x 18 mm
"Joan Cadden has written a very learned, informative and thoughtful study of the origins and development of medieval learned opinion about sex difference. For once, the elusive and complex nature of medieval ideas on the subject is portrayed without oversimplification or anachronism." Nancy G. Siraisi
"...built on impeccable scholarly bases....can now serve as a text of reference for all matters having to do with scientific or medical aspects of sexuality or sex difference." Monica Green, Society for Ancient Medicine Review
"...Joan Cadden has carefully and systematically explored a great wealth of texts from the Latin medical tradition of the eleventh through the fourteenth centuries...[she] has raised high-scholastic medicine to a level of visibility formerly enjoyed only by theologians such as Thomas Aquinas." John Baldwin, Journal of the History of Sexuality
"Joan Cadden breaks new ground in a little-explored area in medieval studies: sex differences and the reasons given for them....[T]his well-written yet heavily documented book...can easily be read and understood by those who are not medievalists or medical historians. In short, it represents scholarship at its best." Vern L. Bullough, American Historical Review
"...Cadden's book is a first-rate piece of scholarship. It is based on wide reading in source material, in printed as well as manuscript form. Medical and natural philosophical writings are covered in depth, and their treatment is enriched by examination of non-scientific sources--literature, court cases, sermons. [Cadden] moves easily from the particular to the general and back again, presenting a convincing case that 'the definitions and properties of female and male represented a principle which, at least partly, ordered the world'." Helen Rodnite Lemay, Speculum-A Journal of Medieval Studies
"Joan Cadden...manages to honor the richness and complexity of medieval ideas about sexuality while also writing with great lucidity and intelligence....Cadden's great achievement in this book has been to take a voluminous amount of material and, while respecting its complexity and diversity, draw some compelling conclusions about the nature and development of that material. This is an important book both for the conclusions it draws and the model of exemplary scholarship it offers." Wendy Chapman Peek, Journal of the History of Medicine
"Meticulously researched and documented...Cadden discusses these ideas with great clarity and sophistication, locating them not only in the intellectual tradition, but also in the context of assumptions concerning family, marriage, and spiritual achievement that structured the lives of Christian elites...Her treatment emphasizes the intellectual flexibility and cultural variety of medieval views of sex difference, while never obscuring the way in which those views all agreed in typing the female as marginal, inferior and incomplete." Katharine Park, The Journal of the History of Biology
"...a welcome and much-needed addition to the vast scholarship on the roles of women in the Middle Ages that has been published in recent years....This book will stimulate discussion in many fields. This historian of medieval Christianity finds Cadden's ideas wonderfully suggestive for further exploration of religious topics....Students in other fields of history will find that this erudite book opens many doors of historical imagination." E. Ann Matter, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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