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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Thursday 31 March 2016
Whipple Museum, Free School Lane, Cambridge

In the eighteenth century fertility was considered central to marital success. Print and manuscript recipe books provide a wealth of information about the ways in which people tried to ensure their fertility by treating venereal disease, sterility, impotence and miscarriage. In this talk Dr Lisa Smith (University of Essex) will discuss examples of domestic remedies from both England and France.

This public talk is part of the programme of events devised by Leah Astbury and Emma Smith in the AHRC Cultural Engagement project In Sickness and in Health: Recipes for Relationships with additional support from the Wellcome Trust strategic award Generation to Reproduction.

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