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18:30 - 19:30 8 March 2012

Wandering wombs and wicked water: Women's complaints and their treatment


UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (link Map)
Malet Place | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Carol Reeves, UCL Wellcome Fellow History of Medicine

How did the Egyptians deal with period pains, contraception, cystitis, 'terrors of the womb', or determine a woman's fertility? The Kahun Gynaecological Papyrus is the oldest known medical text dating from Egypt's Middle Kingdom (2025-1700 BC). The fragments that survive offer an intriguing insight into ideas about women and their bodies in ancient Egypt and also suggest that ideas previously thought to have originated in Greek medicine are actually much older. Special talk for International Women's Day.


Debbie Challis
+44 (0)20 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


Lahun Papyrus online

Petrie Museum