The Birth of the Hospital in the Byzantine Empire / Edition 1

The Birth of the Hospital in the Byzantine Empire / Edition 1

by Timothy S. Miller
     
 

Medical historians have traditionally claimed that modern hospitals emerged during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Premodern hospitals, according to many scholars, existed mainly as refuges for the desperately poor and sick, providing patients with little or no medical care. Challenging this view in a compelling survey of hospitals in the East Roman

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Medical historians have traditionally claimed that modern hospitals emerged during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Premodern hospitals, according to many scholars, existed mainly as refuges for the desperately poor and sick, providing patients with little or no medical care. Challenging this view in a compelling survey of hospitals in the East Roman Empire, Timothy Miller traces the birth and development of Byzantine xenones, or hospitals, from their emergence in the fourth century to their decline in the fifteenth century, just prior to the Turkish conquest of Constantinople. These sophisticated medical facilities, he concludes, are the true ancestors of modern hospitals. In a new introduction to this paperback edition, Miller describes the growing scholarship on this subject in recent years.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801856570
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
06/23/1997
Series:
Supplement to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 1997 Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2The Pantokrator Xenon12
Ch. 3Hospitals and the Ancient World30
Ch. 4Eastern Christianity50
Ch. 5The Fourth Century68
Ch. 6City, Church, and State89
Ch. 7Monasticism118
Ch. 8The Hospital in Action141
Ch. 9Hospitals and Medical Literature167
Ch. 10After 1204190
Ch. 11Epilogue207
Notes218
Abbreviations and Bibliography262
Index279

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