Medicine: Woman & Womb

From earliest times, woman's womb and its workings have been grossly misunderstood. For centuries, the uterus was supposed to have an independent life and motility of its own. It was believed to be the cause of hysteria, which was derived from the Greek word for womb (varepo.). Even today, a "host of taboos, legends and mysteries" persist. So say two Salt Lake City psychiatrists in the current issue of GP (published by the American Academy of General Practice). According to Drs. C. H. Hardin Branch and David E. Reiser, "otherwise sophisticated and intelligent"...

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