MAN AND WOUND IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
A History of Military Medicine from Sumer to the Fall of Constantinople

RICHARD A GABRIEL
264pp ILLUS TABLES 2012 LIST PRICE: £18.99 G340

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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 comprehensive and graphic volume, Gabriel explores the long-hidden world of ancient military medicine to reveal its surprisingly sophisticated body of knowledge, practice and technique. Ranging broadly from the deserts of Egypt and North Africa, across the plains of India and Persia, to the mountains of Europe and Asia, this book examines medical history from the Bronze Age through the Middle Ages and shows how ancient civilisations’ technologies have influenced modern medical practices.