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Eve's Herbs - A History of Contraception & Abortion in the West (Paper) (Anglais) Broché – 5 mai 1999

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  • Broché: 348 pages
  • Editeur : Harvard University Press; Édition : New Ed (5 mai 1999)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0674270266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674270268
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,6 x 2,2 x 23,5 cm
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Par Un client le 6 août 2004
Format: Broché
This book presents information that could turn out to become important for theories of demographic change.
If it is accurate that knowledge about methods of contraception and abortion are not a recent discovery but have been widespread among ancient peoples (which makes sense to me), some important questions arise:
(1) how do we explain the christian-european ignorance of, even rejection of contraception and abortion that was commonplace in the euro-american world until into the 60ies? When and how did this basic human knowledge about contraception and abortion practices disappear and how might this have contributed to the steep growth of the european population in early modern times? Riddle offers some interesting answers here: he interprets the witch trials of early modern times as a strategy against specialists in matters of contraception and abortion (many midwifes were labeled witches and burned), which the church mainly employed to "repopulate" territories that had suffered from extremely high death rates due to the plague epidemics starting in 1348. Eventually, this resulted in the unnaturally high birth rates early european modern times are known for.
(2) how do we explain the surprisingly high birth rates in many contemporary socalled "development countries" and especially in the islamic world that some american strategists see as one of the major background factors of terrorism ("youth bulge")'--- how is this demographic pattern correlated with the history of knowledge about contraception and abortion in these countries?
If "youth bulge" theories of terrorism and war are confirmed, this could even become a major area of investigation critical to the future of our civilization.
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A work of history which also excels as an herbal 24 mai 2002
Par K. Levin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
As a person who enjoys the study of social history (how people lived) and herbal medicine, this book exceeded my expectations on both counts.
Riddle is an historian, so the scholarship in the book is historical scholarship. He moves deftly between conflicting theories of demographics and actual family sizes, at home with his contemporaries and able to argue his somewhat novel opinion on a level playing field. Not surprisingly, historians tend to go along with modern medical thought that there were no effective systems of personal or professional health care prior to our own allopathic tradition in the past few centuries. Herbalists, homeopaths and the like are still fighting for legitimacy against exactly this mindset.
What surprised and delighted me was the thoroughness of Riddle's information on the herbs in question. It must be noted that he does NOT provide recipes for readers to use at home. He isn't playing (herbal) doctor. Regardless, a person with some experience in herbalism or access to alternate texts can easily take the list of herbs from this book and find appropriate dosage and other how to information from that other source--including the important caveat that herbs are not always safe and shouldn't be taken without professional advice or lots of research. Riddle's emphasis is on pointing out which plants have been indicated, by whom in the ancient world, and what science has (or has not) done to test for actual efficacy.
One interesting side note for readers who allow for the possible effectiveness of today's most revolutionary complementary medicine modalities is Riddle's reporting of the fact that, historically, chants (magic) were often listed together with the herbs (medicine) in any given herbal recipe. Riddle is careful and respectful of the potential for narrow-mindedness when he admits that, to our Western minds, there can be no believing in the usefulness of the magic side of the equation, but he makes no disparaging remarks and he allows for future scientific work to prove said "magic" effective. Of course, to a modern practitioner of Reiki or any other mental/spiritual healing system, it is certainly possible to suppose the intent of the healer and/or patient was a necessary or beneficent part of the ancient cures.
I expected to enjoy this book's subject matter, but I was actually delighted by how well Mr. Riddle covered both aspects of the topic, and even more so by the easy readability of his style. Any person who enjoys reading well-written history for pleasure will find this a work worth spending some time with.
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Brave scholarship upon the "secret knowledge" of women. 9 août 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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An outstanding work of scholarship. Riddle has gathered buried historical evidence of reproductive control through the ages. A must read for those who feel that we live in the most "enlightened" age, in regards to reproduction. Riddle will prove you wrong. Women have been in control of their reproduction for centuries. Readily available herbs have been more effective than "modern science" throughout society.
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awesome 19 octobre 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The best book out there thus far on herbal contraception and abortion.
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Sex, Class, and the History of Science! 8 novembre 2013
Par Z.A. Mrefu - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
John Riddle documents how ordinary women collectively developed and used birth control from the ancient world to the renaissance. His work reminds the reader that science and medicine have historically been a collective human endeavor, not an activity reserved for an elite class of professional doctors and scientists. In this way, he recaptures ordinary women's roles as the primary practitioners of medical science throughout most of human history. As Riddle points out, “ordinary people in the ancient and medieval worlds may have been common but they were not simple.”

See also Clifford Conner's "A People's History of Science"
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Women's Herbs Review 11 décembre 2012
Par cyn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché

It is a veritable fact that the author's scholarship is
phenomenal and the documentary quotes impeccable. I am
a judicious advocate of herbs and natural supplements.
I despised the ill-informed experimentation of herbalists
who fail to apply a combination of historically proven
and documented pharmacological, physiological, biochemical,
organic chemistry, and original worldview of any medical
herbal subject matter.

I agree with many elements of natural foods nutrition and
find naturopathy credible although I was trained in herbalism.
I am also an ardent medical feminist who believes in informed
and intelligent application of self-care treatment methods and
that such scholarship excellency in the poorly researched field of
herbalism should be painstakingly researched and thorougly
investigated using an ingenious interdisciplinary combination
of science, medicine, and history of medical herbalism. However,
feminist or nonfeminist in approach, most books on herbalism,that
is, whether or not it provides practical recipes, or intend to
be used as a didactic curriculum, fail to educate the reader of
the origins of its ideas, rely too much on empiricism, and leave
gullible readers subject to herb-related misadventures by failing
to apply sound clinical decisionmaking.

But as other commentators on the Amazon review have stated, this book
does not present recipes in order to encourage its practical use. In
fact, the author strongly discourages its use in order to avert disaster
and liability for such actions. But to a scientifically and clinically
educated person, cuts into the real meat and bones, and not just the bread
and butter of the medicinal practices as well as the originalism of ideas,
intutive practical cosmological symbols, and the worldview philosophy which
has given rise to not only the practice of women's family planning methods
but also the variety of other hormonal self-treatment methods for 'women's
complaints', that is, other hormonal disorders and that such invaluable
knowledge which allowed for spacing pregnancies and abortion in life creation
simultaneously provided room for valuing one's own hormonal life cycle. Women's
bodies are the tree of life and that means it has vital life functions and
stages beyond the capacity to reproduce. Women's bodies are the barometer,
thermometer, and the rhythms of life.

However, hats off to the scholarly research of worldview history, and
original cosmological research into this discipline of medicine. I need
a medical ethics historical perspective which powerfully liberates me from
the limitations of the generalities of the medical sociological research
framework which produces valid statistics but is hopelessly devoid of
insightful understanding of original medical history in the way it was
meant to be told.

The book's facts and narrative provide a powerful objective insight through
documentation. While only I alone can choose to be pro-choice or pro-life,
I have the duty and obligation by God to this information for a reformed
understanding of women's medical history and a powerful new application of
women's ingenuity, humanity's wisdom, and understanding its role in the
proper care of women. I will restore my God-given ability to care for
myself, be my sister's keeper, and become the future nurturer of my husband
and offspring.

The less divorced I am from my original history and the contemporary living,
the more wholesome and joyous freedom my decisions will be based on
righteousness and truth.

I recommend this book for all women 18 and older. This is your history. Take
every women's studies course in every university in the world and learn all
you want to about women of every culture, socio-economic background, and
occupation. But it is a sacrilege and a cardinal sin not to read this

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