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A. Corpus Hippocraticum

Abortion is a procedure which was performed frequently in antiquity. However, the Hippocratic Oath forbids the use of a pessary. This text, which had great influence on the later history of medicine, is extremely controversial, whereby the aforementioned clause is the most discussed. In the version which has b…

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King, Helen (Reading), “Abortion”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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