WOMEN
07/15/2013 09:42 am ET Updated Jul 15, 2013

8 Crazy Things People Used To Believe About Women's Bodies

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Throughout history, people have hatched some crazy theories about the way women's bodies work. We're not talking about, like, your crazy Great Uncle Milton here, we're talking about experts -- the physicians, philosophers and other intellectual power-players who helped develop and codify the prevailing medical wisdom of their time.

Here are eight of the wackiest things people once believed about women's bodies and their biological workings. Let's all take a moment to reflect on just how far modern medicine (and anatomical understandings) have come, and shudder for those poor ladies of yore.

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8 Crazy Things People Believed About Women
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8 Crazy Things People Believed About Women

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