Man and Wound in the Ancient World

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 more

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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 589.67g
  • Potomac Books Inc
  • Dulles, United States
  • English
  • 5 figures; 5 tables; notes; bibliography
  • 1597978485
  • 9781597978484
  • 474,986

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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. Matthewshow more

About Professor Richard A. Gabriel

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 more
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