Nursing Mothers in Greek and Roman Medicine

  title={Nursing Mothers in Greek and Roman Medicine},
  author={Julie Laskaris},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={459 - 464}
  • J. Laskaris
  • Published 1 July 2008
  • History
  • American Journal of Archaeology
Greek and Roman pharmacopias included a heavily symbolic and highly effective substance: human milk. In early Greek sources, human milk, sometimes specifically from "a woman who has borne a male child," is recommended almost exclusively in treating women. The Greek use was adapted from an Egyptian ritual calling for the "milk of one who has borne a male child" to be poured from an anthropomorphic vase of Isis nursing Horus; the Egyptian application was not, however, gender specific. Similar… 

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