The History of Medications for Women: Materia Medica Woman, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The History of Medications for Women

Materia Medica Woman, 1st Edition

By M.J. O'Dowd

CRC Press

570 pages | 219 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781850700029
pub: 2001-02-15

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The first work of its kind, The History of Medications for Women: Materia medica woman is a richly detailed, far-ranging illustrated history of medications for women in all the great cultures and civilizations, from ancient times to the present. Compiled by an acclaimed author of medical history literature, this is the only book that extends from the earliest uses of ergometrine, lettuce, and mummy medicine, through the history of women's medications in ancient Assyria and Egypt, and into the 16th through 20th centuries.

With the main sections organized by origin and timeline, the book contains lists of medications used by women from earliest times to the present accompanied by historically-based text. The author includes botanical, chemical, pharmacalogical, and therapeutic details where appropriate, as well as extensive quotations from both contemporary and old, rare books. The text is complemented with the history of obstetrics and gynecology, along with short biographies and illustrations. Additionally, the author presents a unique fund of hard-to-find information in sections devoted to topics such as anesthesia and analgesia, antiseptics, antibiotics and chemotherapy, blood transfusion and Rhesus disease, eclampsia, family planning, menopause, and uterine stimulants. Interesting and thought-provoking, The History of Medications for Women will not only provide an enjoyable read, but will allow you to appreciate the past and look at the future with a new perspective.

Table of Contents



The Prescription



Mummy Medicine




Biblical Times

Greece and Rome


The Arab Influence

The Late Middle Ages

The Sixteenth Century

The Seventeenth Century

The Eighteenth Century

The Nineteenth Century

The Twentieth Century


Anesthesia and Analgesia and the Curse of Eve

Antiseptics, Antibiotics and Chemotherapy

Blood Transfusion and Rhesus Disease


Family Planning

The Menopause

Uterine Stimulants


The Orient

The Americas


Therapeutical Classification of Remedies

Abbreviations Commonly Used in Prescriptions

Sources of Illustrations

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Gynecology & Obstetrics
MEDICAL / History
MEDICAL / Pharmacy