Medicine in the Crusades: Warfare, Wounds and the Medieval Surgeon

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 25, 2004 - History - 293 pages
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This is the first book to be published on any aspect of medicine in the crusades. It will be of interest not only to scholars of the crusades specifically, but also to scholars of medieval Europe, the Byzantine world and the Islamic world. Focusing on injuries and their surgical treatment, Piers D. Mitchell considers medical practitioners, hospitals on battlefields and in towns, torture and mutilation, emergency and planned surgical procedures, bloodletting, analgesia and anesthesia. He provides an assessment of the exchange of medical knowledge that took place between East and West in the crusades, and of the medical negligence legislation for which the kingdom of Jerusalem was famous. The book presents a radical reassessment of many outdated misconceptions concerning medicine in the crusades and the Frankish states of the Latin East.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Medical practitioners in the Frankish states
11
Hospitals on the battlefield and in the towns
46
Archaeological evidence for trauma and surgery in the medieval period
108
Torture and mutilation
124
Injuries and their treatment
137
The practice of elective surgery and bloodletting
184
Exchange of medical knowledge with the crusades
205
Frankish medical legislation
220
Frankish Medical Licensing and Negligence Regulations from the Livre des Assises de la Cour des Bourgeois
232
Conclusion
237
Bibliography
245
Index
284
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Piers D. Mitchell is Research Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London and Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College London. He is the author of numerous articles on disease in the crusades.

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