El tratamiento de los “monstrous births” en tratados obstétricos ingleses del siglo XVII: entre el relato de prodigios y el texto científico

  • Alícia Rodriguez-Álvarez Instituto Universitario de Análisis y Aplicaciones Textuales, Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Palavras-chave: nascimentos monstruosos, obstetrícia, séc. XVII, livros de prodígios, baladas, panfletos


Este texto analisa o tratamento dos chamados “monstrous births” nos tratados de obstetrícia ingleses refigidos ao longo do século XVII. O estudo irá demonstrar que se pode distinguir um primeiro grupo de tratados com descrições detalhadas acompanhadas de ilustrações, próprias de baladas e de panfletos de caráter popular e com uma acentuada intenção sensacionalista, e um segundo grupo de tratados com interesse genuíno por este tipo de malformações que revelam a vontade científica de literatura médica da altura.


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