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Lamashtu, “she who erases”, touched her stomach seven times to kill the child
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  1. F R W van de Goot,
  2. R L ten Berge
  1. Department of Pathology, VU University Medical Centre, De Boelelaan 1117, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands; frw.goot@vumc.nl

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    Over the centuries, pregnancy has appeared to be a dangerous and often even lethal period of life, with many diseases threatening both mother and child. In modern times these diseases are often well recognised and may be adequately treated, with sufficient medical expertise and the appropriate political situation.1 In ancient Mesopotamia, the source of pregnancy and childbirth associated pathology was sought in demonology. One specific demon, …

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