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Medicine in the Crusades: Warfare, Wounds and the Medieval Surgeon

Medicine in the Crusades: Warfare, Wounds and the Medieval Surgeon

by Piers D. Mitchell
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This is the first book to be published on any aspect of medicine in the crusades. It will be of interest not only to scholars of the crusades specifically, but also to scholars of medieval Europe, the Byzantine world and the Islamic world. Focusing on injuries and their surgical treatment, Piers D. Mitchell considers medical practitioners, hospitals on battlefields and in towns, torture and mutilation, emergency and planned surgical procedures, bloodletting, analgesia and anesthesia. He provides an assessment of the exchange of medical knowledge that took place between East and West in the crusades, and of the medical negligence legislation for which the kingdom of Jerusalem was famous. The book presents a radical reassessment of many outdated misconceptions concerning medicine in the crusades and the Frankish states of the Latin East.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521036603
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2007
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Piers D. Mitchell is Research Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London and Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College London. He is the author of numerous articles on disease in the crusades.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; Introduction; 1. Medical practitioners in the Frankish states; 2. Hospitals on the battlefield and in the towns; 3. Archaeological evidence for trauma and surgery in the medieval period; 4. Torture and mutilation; 5. Injuries and their treatment; 6. The practice of elective surgery and bloodletting; 7. Exchange of medical knowledge with the crusades; 8. Frankish medical legislation; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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An excellent book from a practicing trauma and orthopaedic surgeon and paleologist, and a must-have for those working with the crusades, the crusader military-religious orders, and/or medieval European or Middle Eastern medicine. Really the only current summary of recent medieval crusader medical research. Mitchell also extensively uses paleopathological research and medieval historical accounts. Also look for Mitchell's forthcoming book which tackles topics he didn't get to in this one, including more on disease.