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Man and Wound in the Ancient World: A History of Military Medicine from Sumer to the Fall of Constantinople

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Wounds and disease were as devastating on the battlefields of the ancient world as they are today. In an age of bloody combat, how did physicians and medics cope with arrow injuries, spear and sword gashes, dysentery, and infection without the benefits of anesthesia or modern medical technology? In this compelling volume, military historian Richard A. Gabriel explores the long-hidden world of ancient military medicine from 4000 BC to AD 1453 to reveal its surprisingly sophisticated body of knowledge, practice, and technique. Ranging broadly from the deserts of North Africa, across the plains of India and Persia, to the mountains of Europe and Asia Minor, this book examines medical history from the Bronze Age through the Middle Ages. By revealing long-forgotten medical secrets, Dr. Gabriel shows how ancient civilizations technologies have influenced modern medical practices. Comprehensive, thoughtful, sometimes graphic, and always accessible, Man and Wound in the Ancient World will be welcomed by anyone who wants to learn how today 's medical miracles build upon those of the past.

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Military historian Gabriel (history and war studies, Royal Military College, Canada) delves into ancient military medicine as it was practiced on the battlefields from 4000 BC to 1453 AD, from the Bronze Age through the Middle Ages. In exploring an unexpectedly sophisticated set of knowledge, practice, and technique, he illustrates how the medical technologies of the ancients have influenced today's medical practices. While occasionally graphic, the book will interest readers who want to know more about how the medical technologies of today are informed by the past. Distributed by Books International. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN:
9781597978484
Author:
Gabriel, Richard A
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Author:
Gabriel, Richard A.
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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