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At the Osler Library in McGill, one can find many important books on the history of medicine used and written by influential physicians of the early modern period or earlier. However, knowledge of medicine is not limited to university-trained physicians, it was practiced (and still is) by people of lower social ranks as well. Among the selection of books, there is Aristotle’s Master-Piece which is manual for women on midwifery and sex. Contrary to its title, the book was written by an unknown author under the pseudonym of Aristotle.

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