According to the latest research by the historian Don Shelton, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the 18th-century pioneers of obstetrics and gynaecology, William Hunter and William Smellie, killed between 35 and 40 pregnant women in order to dissect their bodies for research. Denis Campbell reports in The Guardian.
In Childbirth in the Middle Ages Peter Biller charts the hazards of pregnancy in the Middle Ages.
In Mother and Child in the Greek World Robert Garland explores attitudes towards women and childbearing in the male-orientated world of ancient Greece.
For further information on the History of Medicine, visit our focus page.
The Byzantine Empire survived for eight centuries – longer than any other in history. The Byzantines also wrote official guidebooks on statecraft, foreign relations and espionage. In an article published on the website of Prospect, Edward Luttwak argues that the Byzantine art of war and diplomacy may provide a solution to the west’s involvement in Afghanistan today.
In Byzantium: The Emperor's New Clothes? Alexander Kazhdan considers the influence of totalitarianism and meritocracy in the Byzantine empire.
World’s oldest Christian monastery restored
Saint Anthony’s monastery in Suez City near the Red Sea coast is believed to be 1,600 years old and the world’s oldest Christian monastery. Following an eight-year project carried out by the Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, the newly restored monastery was officially opened at the end of last week.
Read the article published by the Associated Press.