The medical understanding of monstrous births at the Royal Society of London during the first half of the eighteenth century

  title={The medical understanding of monstrous births at the Royal Society of London during the first half of the eighteenth century},
  author={Palmira Fontes da Costa},
  journal={History and Philosophy of The Life Sciences},
  • P. F. D. Costa
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • Economics
  • History and Philosophy of The Life Sciences
The fact that monstrous births were not represented in independent learned publications of the eighteenth century, except for the case of hermaphrodites, does not mean that the interest in them had disappeared or that they were no more considered proper objects of inquiry. This paper focuses on the medical understanding of monstrosity at the Royal Society of London. I point to the use of monstrous births in strengthening the authority of medical practitioners and lecturers. I also show some of… 
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