IR: Cristina Santos Pinheiro
Gynecia is a project about Rodrigo de Castro, known mostly by the Latin name Rodericus a Castro Lusitanus, and about his medical treatise De universa mulierum medicina, edited for the first time in Hamburg in 1603 and reedited several times in the 17th century. Gynecia was the latinized greek title of many ancient medical texts about women’s nature, conditions, and diseases, going back to the Hippocratic Diseases of Women or Soranus’ Gynaecology and its Latin translations. Gynaikeia is a Greek plural with multiple meanings: it literally means “women’s things,” but it can also refer to the female sex organs, menstruation, diseases that are characteristic of women, and therapies or recipes for these diseases. The project aims at considering the ancient tradition about female healthcare and embryology as explored in Rodrigo de Castro’s treatise. His perspective being a composite of tradition and innovation, the project aims at exploring its place in European 17th century medicine.
FUNDING ENTITIES: FCT
STARTING DATE: 01-10-2018
ENDING DATE: 30-09-2022
REFERENCE NUMBER: PTDC/FER-HFC/31187/2017
EXTERNAL URL: https://projectgynecia.uma.pt/en/
PROJECT PARTNER: Universidade da Madeira