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[The classical healer as a castrator. The involvement of doctors in castration practices of the Graeco-Roman world].

Abstract

The elimination of the testicles of boys and men, what we call castration, was frequently practised in Graeco-Roman antiquity. Probably it was sometimes done by laymen, but certainly also sometimes carried out by doctors. This article provides an overview of classical texts concerning castration practices in which doctors were involved, and explores the background of these specific castration practices. It appears that doctors not only cooperated in several practices that were (thought to be) beneficial for their patients, but also in the involuntary castration of healthly slave boys, mostly for the benefit of slave-owners, and hardly to the advantage of their patients.

Authors

Source

Gewina 22:3 1999 pg 119-35

MeSH

Castration
Greek World
History, Ancient
Physicians
Roman World

Pub Type(s)

English Abstract
Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

dut

PubMed ID

11625599

Citation

TY - JOUR T1 - [The classical healer as a castrator. The involvement of doctors in castration practices of the Graeco-Roman world]. A1 - Konig,J, PY - 2001/10/20/pubmed PY - 2001/10/31/medline PY - 2001/10/20/entrez SP - 119 EP - 35 JF - Gewina JO - Gewina VL - 22 IS - 3 N2 - The elimination of the testicles of boys and men, what we call castration, was frequently practised in Graeco-Roman antiquity. Probably it was sometimes done by laymen, but certainly also sometimes carried out by doctors. This article provides an overview of classical texts concerning castration practices in which doctors were involved, and explores the background of these specific castration practices. It appears that doctors not only cooperated in several practices that were (thought to be) beneficial for their patients, but also in the involuntary castration of healthly slave boys, mostly for the benefit of slave-owners, and hardly to the advantage of their patients. SN - 0928-303X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11625599/[The_classical_healer_as_a_castrator__The_involvement_of_doctors_in_castration_practices_of_the_Graeco_Roman_world]_ ER -