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From the preface: "Medieval Medicine" is the story of the medical sciences in the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages are usually assumed to begin with the deposition of Romulus Augustulus, 476, and end with the fall of Constantinople, 1453. In this little volume, then, we have to outline the history of human efforts to prevent and treat the ills of mankind for nearly one ...more
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Pyrrhus Press
(first published January 12th 2010)
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This book read almost like an in-depth series of book reviews about all the various medical texts from Medieval Europe. I skimmed parts of it, but the overall result was interesting, because it wasn’t what I expected. Medieval physicians had years of training, surgeons performed complicated surgeries, and women had access to extensive medical education and careers. The author mentions that there’s an underlying assumption that mankind’s knowledge has progressed linearly since the Renaissance, ...more