Yi-Li Wu's Reproducing Women is an important, readable book. It analyses howChinese physicians in the seventeenth century through the early nineteenth century understood pregnancy, childbirth, and women's bodies and ailments.Her central argument is that in this period, élite medical writers―mostly physicians, but including some literati amateurs as well―ceased to see women's bodies as particularly vulnerable or dangerous, and women's illnesses as particularly complicated and difficult. Increasingly, they presented men's and women's bodies as essentially similar, and women's diseases as no more difficult to handle than those of men.
|Journal||East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|