Menstruation and the Female Body in Early Modern England (2013)

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Published October 2013. Includes chapter on post-partum bleeding.

In early modern English medicine, the balance of fluids in the body was seen as the key to health. Menstruation was widely believed to regulate the blood level in the female body and so was extensively discussed in medical texts. In this book, Sara Read examines all forms of literature, from plays and poems, to life-writing, and compares these texts with the medical theories.

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