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

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


By (author) Richard A. Gabriel

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  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 229mm x 28mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Dulles
  • ISBN 10: 1597978485
  • ISBN 13: 9781597978484
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 5 figures; 5 tables; notes; bibliography
  • Sales rank: 432,189

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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 fascinating volume, Richard A. 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. Comprehensive, thoughtful, graphic, and always accessible, this book will be welcomed by historians and students alike.

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Author information

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 a 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. Dr. Gabriel is a former U.S. Army officer and the author of more than forty books including Scipio Africanus: Rome's Greatest General, Thutmose III: The Military Biography of Egypt's Greatest Warrior King, Philip II of Macedonia: Greater Than Alexander, and Hannibal: The Military Biography of Rome's Greatest Enemy, all published by Potomac Books, Inc. He lives in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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"The study of ancient military medicine is vital to an understanding of the broader aspects and development of warfare in antiquity. Yet it is an area that has often been neglected by scholars. "Man and Wound in the Ancient World" addresses this deficit in a truly comprehensive and interesting manner. Richard Gabriel's latest book is destined to be the defining work in an area of great importance for the study of ancient military history and will fascinate historians and general readers alike."--C. A. Matthew, Macquarie University, Australia--C. A. Matthew