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

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2012 - HEALTH & FITNESS - 267 pages
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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Before relating my thoughts, I would like to preface this by stating that I am not accustomed to reading non-fiction regularly. That being said Gabriel does a good job in relating scientific facts and ... Read full review

Contents

1WAR WOUNDS AND DISEASE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
2THE ORIGINS OF MILITARY MEDICINE
3ANCIENT SUMER 40002000 BCE
4EGYPT 3500350 BCE
5ASSYRIA 911612 BCE
6ISRAEL AND PERSIA 1300100 BCE
7INDIA 400100 BCE
8GREECE 500147 BCE
9ROME 753 BCE478 CE
10BARBARIANS AND BYZANTINES 4781453 CE
11ISLAM AND THE MIDDLE AGES 6001453 CE
12MILITARY MEDICINE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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Richard A. Gabriel is a distinguished professor in the Department of History and War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and in the Department of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He was professor of history and politics at the U.S. Army War College and held the Visiting Chair in Military Ethics at the Marine Corps University. A retired U.S. Army officer living in Manchester, New Hampshire, Gabriel is the author of numerous books and articles on military history and other subjects, including "Muhammad: Islam s First Great General" and "Scipio Africanus: Rome s Greatest General" (Potomac Books, Inc., 2008).

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