on wandering wombs
is of interest that the Hippocratic Corpus describes
the wandering womb syndrome (“Coursework,” December/99) in the
Parthenoi (“Illness of Maidens”), stating that its cure
is early marriage followed by childbirth. Plato, in the Timaeus,
also describes the womb as straying about the body until the woman
gives birth to a child.
is, however, not clear how the Greeks of the fifth century B.C.E.
reconciled the view that the uterus could move through the body
with their knowledge of the anatomy of the human uterus that is
evidenced, for example, by votive offerings at various healing
M. Katz, AB’52