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Egyptian papyrii describe three contraceptive pastes , a kind of glue , a mixture of
honey and sodium carbonate , and crocodile dung , which were inserted into the
vagina to provide a spermicidal barrier over the cervix , or neck of the uterus .
Islamic authorities recommend withdrawal , pessaries made of cabbage , pitch ,
ox - gall and elephant dung in various mixtures , and oral contraceptive potions ,
and the physician Rhases went into great detail about how to procure abortion by
But where effective contraceptives were unknown women still had recourse to
older methods . In the Columbus Medical Journal of 1883 a doctor wrote about '
the abuses of carbolic acid ' which was used as a contraceptive douche , and ...
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
Mothercraft or Motherhood?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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