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Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America$
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Zeb Tortorici

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288140

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288140.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Unnatural Bodies, Desires, and Devotions

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Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America
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Zeb Tortorici

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288140.003.0001

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?

Keywords:   Alonso López de Hinojosos, female body, infertility, pregnancy, menstrual problems, human body

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