A piece published yesterday by The Irish Times. An extract:
It is a part of the female body that has traditionally got short shrift in the study of anatomy. The so-called “father of anatomy”, Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) called it “a new and useless part” after two of his students “found” it. In the first half of the 19th century, German anatomist Georg Ludwig Kobelt did provide accurate detailed descriptions of the organ and surrounding structures. Later in the 1800s and into the 20th century, surgical removal of the clitoris was promoted, with the backing of the British Medical Journal, as a treatment for so-called emotional disorders in women. [J4MB – “so-called”?
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