Hippocrates: right and left

48. eng.
ἔμβρυα τὰ μὲν ἄρσενα ἐν τοῖσι δεξιοῖσι, τὰ δὲ θήλεα ἐν τοῖσιν ἀριστεροῖσι μᾶλλον.

Tangentially — have been reading Supreme Court Decision Roe v. Wade, which considers the Hippocratic Oath‘s specific prohibition of abortion. The court’s idea about this (relying on the work of a scholar whose name does not now comes to mind) was that the Hippocratic Oath was reflective of a specifically Pythagorean philosophy of life, which was not believed in or adhered to by ancient practitioners of medicine as a whole, and rather adopted by medical ethicists in the middle ages as being consistent with Christian doctrine.

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