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Preventative medicine
Louise Hill Curth

sexual enjoyment was within ‘a loving marriage’, with the proviso to avoid ‘excessive venery’. On the other hand, writers such as Shakespeare ‘celebrated’ both heterosexual and homosexual sex, while Pietro Aretino (1492–1556) produced what would now be called pornographic literature. There were also a variety of publications aimed mainly at women, including books of ‘secrets’ and midwifery manuals.108 Popular medical books offered men very different advice to that given to women. Much of this was misogynistic, based partially on the idea that women were sexually

in English almanacs, astrology and popular medicine: 1550–1700