Abortion in the ancient world / Konstantinos Kapparis

Author(s): Kapparis, K. A
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Subjects: Abortion--History--To 1500
Abortion--Moral and ethical aspects--History--To 1500
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: London : Duckworth Academic, 2002
LC Classification: H, HQ
Table of Contents: Preface
Introduction 1
1. Methods of Abortion: Science and Superstition 7
Orally administered drugs 12
Pessaries 19
Externally applied drugs 21
Mechanical means 22
Surgical abortions 24
Ancillary techniques 27
Magic and superstition 27
2. When Does Human Life Begin? 33
What is 'human'? 36
Human life begins at conception 39
Human life begins at birth 41
Human life begins while the foetus is growing 44
3. The Doctor's Dilemma 53
The medical practitioner in the ancient world 56
Ancient Greek medical ethics 60
The Hippocratic Oath 66
The preservation of human life 76
The health of the woman 78
Morals and money 81
The views of famous doctors of the ancient world 83
The medical woman and the midwife 84
4. The Woman's Point of View 91
Abortion in a Greek village: an anthropological parallel 91
The adulteress 97
The prostitute 107
Abortion for the sake of beauty 113
Abortion for social and economic reasons 120
Abortion as a political statement 128
5. The Man's Point of View 133
The hope of becoming a father 135
Name, succession and inheritance 140
The future citizen 143
Abortion, adoption, exposure and infanticide 154
The accessory to the crime 162
6. Abortion and the Law 167
Religion, abortion and the law 169
Was abortion a crime in the eyes of the law? 174
Lysias frr. 19-24 Carey: an abortion trial in classical Athens 185
The trial of Cicero's Milesian woman 193
7. Attitudes to Abortion: A Historical Perspective 195
App. 1. Pseudo-Galen: Whether what is carried in the womb is a living being 201
App. 2. Abortion, the Hippocratic Oath, and the sacred ordinances of the Philadelphia inscription (LSA 20) 214
Abbreviations 219
Notes 220
Select Bibliography 249
Index of Ancient Authors 258
Index of Topics 263
Notes: ISBN: 0715630806
Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-257) and indexes
Physical Description: viii, 264 p. ; 24 cm
OCLC Number: 46513609
ISBN/ISSN: 0715630806

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