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From the Publisher"...a stimulating book...A diligent and generally careful study of a substantial corpus of works...provide a sound historical basis; integrated with this is an array of archaeological evidence...the scene is set for a comprehensive study of the subject...an original and significant book, breaking fresh ground for the history of the crusades and medieval Europe."
-Jonathan Phillips, Royal Holloway, University of London, Journal of Military History
"...Mitchell is to be commended for bringing together medical expertise, documentary and narrative sources, and the fruits of archaeology in a very productive way. His evidence provides graphic illustration of the hazards and brutality of war as well as of the pragmatic measures that the Western medical community adopted to cope with the casualties of conflict."
James William Brodman, Ph.D., University of Central Arkansas, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
"The themes of this book are...central to the history of the crusades, yet this is the first systematic, full-length study of crusade medicine...a fascinating account that both tests the assertions of the past and brings to bear the new techniques of the present...This is an excellent book, enlightening on several areas of medieval life beyond its specific subject."
-Malcolm Barber, University of Reading, American Historical Review
"Piers D. Mitchell's perception of military medicine covers a rich spectrum: not only battlefield injuries and their treatment and injuries resulting from torture, but also complementary fields, such as medical practicioners, hospitals, elective surgery, and medical legislation."
-The International History Review
"This is a very useful book, which provides well-founded information on an important subject and dispels myths about medieval medicine...Mitchell has clearly established that the crusades were a stimulus for Western medical development,"
-John France, University of Wales, Swansea, Journal of Medieval Studies