Unnatural Bodies, Desires, and Devotions
This introductory chapter examines Alonso López de Hinojosos’s Summa y recopilación de cirugía, con un arte para sangrar, y examen de barberos. The book discusses the female body’s gynecological and obstetrical issues such as infertility, signs of pregnancy, fragile formation of fetus within the womb, as well as various remedies for uterine and menstrual problems. These notions of Nature and sexuality are central to López de Hinojosos’ explication of the proper and improper functioning of the human body in both sickness and health—all of which raises the question: To what extent can the human body deviate from Nature and how might the fetus stray from the “natural” course of intrauterine physiological development?
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