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Sexual Incapacity in Medieval Materia Medica

BySusanna Niiranen

This advice from an Occitan thirteenth-century medical recipe collection is a remnant from medieval sexual medicine. Among other diseases and problems, it addressed issues associated with what we now call sexual health. The aim of this chapter is to explore the role of the phenomenon of incapacity in sexuality in medieval medicine and especially in a register which belongs to the therapeutic materia medica tradition.2