Medieval Medicine

Medieval Medicine Its Mysteries and Science

Paperback (15 Apr 2016) | English

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Synopsis

Conjuring up a time when butchers and executioners knew more about anatomy than university-trained physicians, the phrase 'medieval medicine' sounds horrific to those of us with modern ideas on hygiene, instant pain relief and effective treatments. In those days no one could allay the dread of plague or the many other horrible diseases we have now forgotten. However, the medieval medical profession provided patients with everything from cosmetic procedures and dietary advice to life-saving surgeries and post-operative antibiotics. Intriguingly, alongside such expertise, some still believed that unicorns, dragons and elephants supplied vital medical ingredients and that horoscopes could predict the sex of unborn babies. This book explores the labyrinth of strange ideas and unlikely remedies that make up the weird, wonderful and occasionally beneficial world of medieval medicine.

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Amberley Publishing

Amberley Publishing

Amberley Publishing is the UK's most innovative publisher of history, specialist interest and local books. We love the Tudors, especially Anne Boleyn!

Book information

ISBN: 9781445655420
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Imprint: Amberley Publishing
Pub date:
DEWEY: 610.902
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 8985
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 284g
Height: 196mm
Width: 121mm
Spine width: 20mm