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  1. 4 out of 5

    Max

    I couldn't handle it. I spent so long riffing it that I couldn't get very far. It comes by its ignorance honestly, given the period it came out of, but I just want to give the author a proper science lesson. A good laugh, if bad biology doesn't rile you up. I couldn't handle it. I spent so long riffing it that I couldn't get very far. It comes by its ignorance honestly, given the period it came out of, but I just want to give the author a proper science lesson. A good laugh, if bad biology doesn't rile you up.

  2. 4 out of 5

    E.J Brayfy

    Found an old copy in my home, decided to read it as the way they thought about medicine in those eras of science were interesting and amusing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Will

    "A word of Advice to both Sexes, consisting of several Directions with regard to Copulation. As Nature has a mutual desire for copulation in every creature, for the increase and propagation of its kind, and more especially in man, the lord of creation and the masterpiece of Nature, in order that such a noble piece of divine workmanship should not perish, something ought to be said concerning it, it being the foundation of everything that we have hitherto been treating of, since without copulation "A word of Advice to both Sexes, consisting of several Directions with regard to Copulation. As Nature has a mutual desire for copulation in every creature, for the increase and propagation of its kind, and more especially in man, the lord of creation and the masterpiece of Nature, in order that such a noble piece of divine workmanship should not perish, something ought to be said concerning it, it being the foundation of everything that we have hitherto been treating of, since without copulation there can be no generation. Seeing, therefore, so much depends upon it, I have thought it necessary, before concluding the first book, to give such directions to both sexes, for the performance of that act, as may appear efficacious to the end for which nature designed it, but it will be done with such caution as not to offend the chastest ear, nor to put the fair sex to the blush when they read it."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book was so crazy. A midwifery manual from the 17 century, it was falsely attributed to Aristotle somehow. It's full of interesting "scientific information" about anatomy, physiology, genetics, conception, gestation, and many other topics. At the time this information was modern and accepted, but the vast majority of it has since been disproven. In addition, there are many recipes for remedies, medicines, poultices, and much more, that would certainly interest the modern-day herbalist. Howe This book was so crazy. A midwifery manual from the 17 century, it was falsely attributed to Aristotle somehow. It's full of interesting "scientific information" about anatomy, physiology, genetics, conception, gestation, and many other topics. At the time this information was modern and accepted, but the vast majority of it has since been disproven. In addition, there are many recipes for remedies, medicines, poultices, and much more, that would certainly interest the modern-day herbalist. However, someone who is not very knowledgeable about reproduction and biology could pick up a lot of misinformation from this text.

  5. 5 out of 5

    A. Houser

    Any interest in this book will primarily lie in its historical function, obviously (Leopold Bloom spies a copy in Joyce's _Ulysses_, as noted in this wonderful review: http://publicdomainreview.org/2015/08...). The book was a kind of blockbuster, reflecting a period in which interest in the self, the body, and gender norms had intensified. For that reason, it has appeal across a range of inquiries, from the history of science and the history of sexuality and of gender to literary production thro Any interest in this book will primarily lie in its historical function, obviously (Leopold Bloom spies a copy in Joyce's _Ulysses_, as noted in this wonderful review: http://publicdomainreview.org/2015/08...). The book was a kind of blockbuster, reflecting a period in which interest in the self, the body, and gender norms had intensified. For that reason, it has appeal across a range of inquiries, from the history of science and the history of sexuality and of gender to literary production through time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stevenson

    There is something fascinating in old medical works, and this piece of seventeenth century popular science about how to make and deliver babies is no exception. Some of the information and advice seems sensible, some seems enlightened, some seems crazy and some seems criminal but it's all based on a view of the body we no longer hold, unless we are one of them holistic/qi/good and bad energy nutjob type people. There is something fascinating in old medical works, and this piece of seventeenth century popular science about how to make and deliver babies is no exception. Some of the information and advice seems sensible, some seems enlightened, some seems crazy and some seems criminal but it's all based on a view of the body we no longer hold, unless we are one of them holistic/qi/good and bad energy nutjob type people.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

    FALSE

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ellen Woods

    OMG 1860s bad sex advice

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Where children thus are born with hairy coats Heaven's wrath unto the kingodom it denotes. Where children thus are born with hairy coats Heaven's wrath unto the kingodom it denotes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Interesting as a primary source for historical study, but boring and useless in all other contexts.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ali Nazari

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Morton

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    Martin J

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul Reid

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Adams

  18. 4 out of 5

    L. Soren Mobley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ella Wilson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Kent

  21. 5 out of 5

    Minerva Baumann

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Kinnaird

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

  25. 5 out of 5

    D.C.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally Settle

  27. 5 out of 5

    Colin Gallagher

  28. 4 out of 5

    Keith Lannon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marek VÅ¡elicha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brian Watson

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