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At the ti1ne of Galen, human dissection was no longer possible. 51 Soranus probably owed some of his anatomical knowledge to Herophilus who remained an authority on human anatomy even for Galen. 52 Regarding pregnancy, Soranus had but a scanty knowledge of its early phase, nor did he use the terms "embryo" and ''fetus" in the modern sense, a difficulty reflected in the translation. The section on normal delivery is, unfortunately, fragmentary; here, more than anywhere else, we should like to possess the complete text.
The clitoris. This is one of the few places where Soranus distinguishes clearly between conception and pregnancy; cf. book 1, 43, below p. 42. 34 ]( atamenion is the singular of katamenia.
V, 105. 33 Book n, 39; below, p. lll. 34 Plato, in the Laws, book vu; 789 B ff. sets great store by the salutary effects of rocking movements. It seems to have been favored among Asclepiades and his followers. Cf. above, p. xxvi and Celsus, n, 14 and 15 (and Spencer's footnote, vol. I, p. 180). 35 Book 1, 4; below, p. 6. INTRODUCTION xxxv sions and intervals on the other. i3G As a general rule, Soran us advises a bland treatment, especially during the epitasis, the initial stage or attack, when the symptoms develop with greatest violence.
Soranus' gynecology by Owsei Temkin, Nicholson J. Eastman, Ludwig Edelstein, Alan F. Guttmacher