At the Boston meeting of the American Philological Association, January 2005, the Society for Ancient Medicine will sponsor a panel session featuring recent research on ideas about the development of the fetus in all periods of antiquity. We are interested in papers treating both the physical and cognitive growth of the fetus as well as any directives on how to care for a pregnant woman or on methods of abortion that indicate beliefs about its development.

If apropos, modern analysis and critical examination of ancient methods are welcome. Please send a summary of your paper (between 500-750 words) to arrive by 1 February 2004 and address it to: Professor Lesley Dean-Jones, Univ. of Texas, Austin, Dept. of Classics, 1 University Station C3400, Austin, Texas 78712. For conference information, go to <> (though details are not yet online). For more information on the Society for Ancient Medicine, go to <>