A HISTORY OF FEMALE ANATOMY
According to humoral theory, women had many of the same sex organs yet a very different complexion than men. Men were hot and dry, indicating the perfection and nobility of their bodies. By contrast, women were cold and moist, indicating the imperfection of their bodies. Aristotle compared them to the perfection and divinity of fire, and the imperfection and corporeality of earth. Yet Galen wrote instead: "All the parts, then, that men have, women have too. "
Which features of female anatomy were considered to be different? Click on the following different body parts on Leonardo's famous image of female anatomy to see what early anatomists said about them:
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