The Birth Of The Hospital In The Byzantine Empire / Edition 1

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

Isis

A very important book that will be consulted by students and scholars in diverse aspects of medicine... Guaranteed to excite controversy... [and] engender a long overdue interest in the medical procedures of one of the great world civilizations.

Medical History

Dr. Miller is a learned and enterprising historian with a fascinating theme. He shows beyond a doubt that the Western hospital tradition goes back to the early Byzantine Empire in the fourth century.

Bulletin of the History of Medicine

Those who look into Byzantine health care with Professor Miller as their guide will gain a much more favorable impression of the subject than now prevails. En route they will learn in this readable book a great deal about other aspects of Byzantine society and much about classical and medieval medicine in general.

Social History of Medicine
When this book was originally published in 1985, it marked the first comprehensive treatment of the history of the Byzantine hospital... In a new introduction to his text Miller defends his earlier line of argument in detail.

— Lawrence I. Conrad

Social History of Medicine - Lawrence I. Conrad

When this book was originally published in 1985, it marked the first comprehensive treatment of the history of the Byzantine hospital... In a new introduction to his text Miller defends his earlier line of argument in detail.

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Meet the Author

Timothy S. Miller is associate professor of history at Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the 1997 Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 The Pantokrator Xenon 12
Ch. 3 Hospitals and the Ancient World 30
Ch. 4 Eastern Christianity 50
Ch. 5 The Fourth Century 68
Ch. 6 City, Church, and State 89
Ch. 7 Monasticism 118
Ch. 8 The Hospital in Action 141
Ch. 9 Hospitals and Medical Literature 167
Ch. 10 After 1204 190
Ch. 11 Epilogue 207
Notes 218
Abbreviations and Bibliography 262
Index 279
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