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Of course, back in the early
1900s many respectable doctors felt that if a woman got depressed after
having a child they should remove her ovaries. Sounds pretty grim nowadays
(especially the mortality rate for those operations) but at the time...
I believe that back then they removed the uterus, and "prevented postpartum hysteria"
by performing what came to be known as a hysterectomy. The basis for this "lunacy"
was the cycle of the moon being the approximate same length as the mestrual period,
men decided that the the lunar cycles made postpartum women hysterical. Hence the