Googling endometriosis: the lost centuries

Authored by David B Redwine, MD

In Googling endometriosis: the lost centuries Dr David Redwine explains how endometriosis has been around for a long, long time – possibly close to 4000 years. He googled the disease and found symptoms, which are today associated with endometriosis, described as far back as in 1825 BC (The Kahun Papyrus: the pain in the womb).

Endometriosis may not have gained a name until the 1920s …but this does not mean it didn’t exist before then: it is clear that endometriosis has always been around. It simply has been an incredible master of disguise being called many things throughout the centuries until it emerged from the fog and was given a name – less than 100 years ago.

Consequently, whereas endometriosis is among the most common gynaecological diseases, it has perhaps been one of the most misunderstood and most ignored diseases of all.

Women with pelvic pain have been dismissed by physicians for a long time, with the patient and/or her lifestyle often being held responsible for a disease over which she has no control. Blaming the patient was described by Indian practitioners as early as 800 BC. Unfortunately, it still happens…

Dr David Redwine

In this well-researched and descriptive book Dr Redwine takes us on an exhilarating and informative journey through the centuries detailing the history of understanding the symptoms of endometriosis from 1825 BC to 1899 AD – sprinkled with anecdotes of how “female ailments” have been dealt with (or not, as was/is often the case) over the years, including how tobacco smoke enemas and leeches were used to treat pelvic pain in women!

It took almost 4000 years for sufficient information about the disease to emerge for it to stand up and be identified as a specific disease. With a name.

Don’t miss out on this 251 page piece of history, with 293 illustrations, which answers many questions from the “lost centuries”.

Purchase Googling Endometriosis: the lost centuries

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