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The Woman beneath the Skin

A Doctor’s Patients in Eighteenth-Century Germany

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$23.50 • £16.95 • €21.00

ISBN 9780674954045

Publication: January 1998

Short

256 pages

5-7/8 x 9 inches

World

In this provocative study, Barbara Duden asserts that the most basic biological and medical terms that we use to describe our own bodies—male and female, healthy or sick—are indeed cultural constructions. To illustrate this, Duden delves into the records of an eighteenth-century German physician who meticulously documented the medical histories of eighteen hundred women of all ages and backgrounds, often in their own words.