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The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher Containing his Complete Masterpiece and Family Physician; his Experienced Midwife, his Book of Problems and his Remarks on Physiognomy by [Aristotle]
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Other works by the renowned classical scholar, translator, and literary critic Francis Fergusson include "The Idea of a Theater: A Study of Ten Plays," "Sallies of the Mind: Essays," "Trope and Allegory: Themes Common to Dante and Shakespeare," and "Dante's Drama of the Mind: A Modern Reading of the "Purgatorio.
Translator and scholar S. H. Butcher served as editor for the Dover Thift Edition of the "Poetics," as well as for the "Orationes, Volume 1" by Demosthenes. Butcher is also the author of "Aristotle's Theory of Poetry and Fine Art,"


WILLIAM A. SALMON (Woodbury, CT) is a management consultant and writer. Formerly an executive at Girard Bank (Mellon Bank East) and W. K. Gray & Associates, he is the author of several books, audio and video programs, and articles on management and training.

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By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2012
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Many, many editions of this book have been published - the copy before me is mid-Victorian. I noticed on the Amazon listings one published in 1900; there are also, of course, all the modern reprints, and now a Kindle version. It is, of course, nothing whatsoever to do with the Greek philosopher. His name was borrowed to give legitimacy to a book which dealt with a subject usually considered unfit for the general reader; the human reproductive system.

The earliest editions date from the late 17th century, and both the language and the medical knowledge contained in its pages are fossilised at this early date. Subtitled "The midwife's vade mecum", the aim of the book is to cover every aspect of conception, pregnancy and childbirth for the midwife and, indeed, any lady of an inquiring mind. Section headings include "A private looking glass for the female sex", "The Family Physician", "The experienced midwife", "A guide to childbearing women" and "Aristotle's book of problems with other astromer (sic), astrologers and physicians concerning the state of man's body". The chief interest to the modern reader is that this early work differs so radically from familar Victorian attitudes, assuming it is not only normal, but necessary and desirable, for women to have a healthy interest in sex. The fact that this book was being published, and read, in the 19th century must be borne in mind when we make sweeping generalisations about "Victorian" attitudes.

Though sometimes referred to as a "sex manual", it is of course nothing of the kind. There is guidance about conception, about pregnancy, childbirth and the care of infants, but a great deal more besides. What it most resembles is "Old Moore's Almanac".
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I like it, it is full of stuff you'd never think of reading in a million years, not if you had to read the book itself.
I have to read it in stages. I've just got past the 'what it takes to be a midwife'. Phew. Really interesting if you are in to anatomy and don't know about the birds and the bees. I wanted to read it as I thought it would be something enlightening but some of it is really funny as things have changed and knowledge improved. That's why it is interesting. Sounds mad I know. Great to pop out at dinner parties, you know like, did you know that Aristotle reckoned.... Well you get the gist I hope.
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Great read!

Another example of a well rounded depth of mindfulness, applied to everyday life.

Not just an insightful look at human communication and behaviour but its a boon, to anybody confused by how to figure out whats really going on around you, both in communication personally and in the world at large.

Really think it would have changed my life to have read this at school a bit of a challenging read - but thats why teachers exist (to explain the world).

Much of this - if not all - is still very relevant today (excluding the specifics of examples given in the analogies - which could be transformed into todays setting fairly easily).

What a mind :)
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I was given this book 48 years ago by my mother in law when I was expecting my first child. It was hilarious advice then and is just as funny now.
Hooray for Aristotle, his advice and "your best friends" you need to read it to understand
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A remarkable collection that is full and complete and a great free book offer. I was pleasantly surprised that such a free book would be so accurate and complete.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It's amazing the insights people had so long ago, without the advancements of science we know today.
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