The Female Reproductive System

  • Peter Curtis
  • James R. Dingfelder


Woman’s role in society still owes much to the legacy of history. Women were regarded as goods and chattels during ancient and medieval times, and little progress in equality with men was achieved even into the Victorian era. In the 1800s, ignorance of the female organs and functions was culturally endorsed and the image of woman’s passivity and gentility persisted, in the United States, until the early years of the 20th century. In those days, the physician’s role toward the female patient was to protect her from her “unpleasant” parts and ensure that she was returned from ill health to function as a good wife, a dutiful sexual partner, and a dedicated mother. Marriage was the only acceptable successful social pattern, and mild derision was accorded “old maids.”1


Oral Contraceptive Family Physician Ectopic Pregnancy Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Premature Ejaculation 
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  • James R. Dingfelder

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