Thousand Year Old Depictions of Massage Abortion


Abortion induced by physical trauma has a long history. This article describes bas-relief sculptures in Angkor Wat, Cambodia dating from the 9th to the 12th centuries, and compares them to contemporary observations of massage abortion. The Cambodian carvings, along with two similar representations in Indonesia, are the earliest known illustrations of an abortion in progress. The bas-reliefs prove that abortion techniques were well understood at the time, although their cultural interpretation is uncerain.

Published in Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, October 2007

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Malcolm Potts
Maura Graff
Judy Taing
Publication date: 
October 5, 2007
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