A history of women in medicine : cunning women, physicians, witches / Sinéad Spearing.
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Spearing, Sinead,

A history of women in medicine : cunning women, physicians, witches / Sinéad Spearing.

Abstract: 'Witch' is a powerful word with humble origins. Once used to describe an ancient British tribe known for its unique class of female physicians and priestesses, it grew into something grotesque, diabolical and dangerous.A History of Women in Medicine: History of Women in Medicine reveals the untold story of forgotten female physicians, their lives, practices and subsequent denomination as witches. Originally held in high esteem in their communities, these women used herbs and ancient psychological processes to relieve the suffering of their patients. Often traveling long distances, moving from village to village, their medical and spiritual knowledge blended the boundaries between physician and priest. These ancient healers were the antithesis of the witch figure of today; instead they were knowledgeable therapists commanding respect, gratitude and high social status.In this pioneering work, Sinéad Spearing draws on current archeological evidence, literature, folklore, case studies and original religious documentation to bring to life these forgotten healers. By doing so she exposes the elaborate conspiracy conceived by the Church to corrupt them in the eyes of the world.Turning these women from benevolent therapists into the embodiment of evil required a fabricated theology to ensure those who collected medicinal herbs or practiced healing, would be viewed by society as dealing with the devil. From this diabolical association, female healers could then be labeled witches and be justly tortured and tried in the ensuing hysteria known today as the European witch craze.

Title and contributions: A history of women in medicine : cunning women, physicians, witches / Sinéad Spearing.

Publication: South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword, 2019

Physical description: xvi, 147 pages, 24 cm

EAN: 9781526751690

Publication date:2019

Language: English (language of the text, soundtrack, etc..)

Country: United Kingdom



Classifications: 610.82 MEDICINA E SALUTE. Il soggetto riferito alle donne (ed. 23) (0)

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  • Type of Publication Date: Publication Dates 1 and 2: monograph complete when issued, or issued within one calendar year
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Target Audience: adult, general
  • Government Publication: unknown
Textual Material, Monographic (105)
  • Literature: essays

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