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Sent: 27 October 2012 08:43 Dear Alison/list there was some discussion of this on the list a while back when the movie 'Hysteria' came out. The first point of call has to be Lesley Hall's page on http://www.lesleyahall.net/factoids.htm#hysteria. As she notes there, I've also discussed the claims for earlier medicine in my paper 'Galen and the widow' for the EuGeStA journal, on http://oro.open.ac.uk/30726/ with a link to the PDF of the full text. Yours Helen Helen King Professor of Classical Studies| The Open University| Walton Hall| Milton Keynes| MK7 6AA Module Chair, A219, 'Exploring the Classical World' (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/a219/index.shtml) Recent podcasts: On Titian's 'Diana and Callisto', National Gallery Podcast 70, July 2012: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/podcasts/ and see blog post 'Diana, Callisto and Philip II' on wondersandmarvels.com On ancient medicine, and 'Gladiator', April 2012: http://www8.open.ac.uk/platform/news-and-features/professor-helen-king-ancient-medicine-and-the-flashing-midwife (NB full content not available if accessed on an iPad) On Agnodike the 'flashing midwife', March 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkMILds1Gg4&feature=youtu.be On the Hippocratic Oath, with Peter Pormann and Vivian Nutton, September 2011: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b014gdqq/In_Our_Time_The_Hippocratic_Oath/ Recently published: co-edited with Manfred Horstmanshoff and Claus Zittel, Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Changing Concepts of Physiology from Antiquity into Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill - Intersections 25, June 2012), 770 pp. 'Midwifery, 1700-1800: The Man-Midwife as Competitor' in Anne Borsay and Billie Hunter (eds), Nursing and Midwifery in Britain since 1700. Palgrave Macmillan (May 2012), 107-127 'Galen and the widow. Towards a history of therapeutic masturbation in ancient gynaecology', EuGeStA: Journal on Gender Studies in Antiquity 1 (December 2011), 205-235 (http://eugesta.recherche.univ-lille3.fr/revue/pdf/2011/King.pdf)