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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 a ...
Dutch cap'. 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
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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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