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'… this remarkable pioneering monograph … fused with occasionally unknown literary and historical texts (Vivian Nutton's translation of the Frankish Medical Licensing and Negligence Regulations will be new to almost all students of the crusades … Mitchell's careful and cautious assessment of wounds, disease, diet and life spans as revealed through pollen, insect-parts, soil analysis, drug jars and osteology, reveals a vibrant medical and surgical activity throughout most of the era of the crusades … His chapter on anaesthesia is essential reading for anyone interested in the mystery of why earlier and successful surgeries seemed to fade from view by the late Middle Ages.' The Times Literary Supplement

'Dr Mitchell is not only a medical man, but is also one who has taken the trouble to get to know the archaeologists in Israel. He has had, therefore, an entrée to excavations and to already excavated sites. He has written the fullest treatment so far of aspects of medicine and surgery in relation to the crusades and the Latin settlements in the Levant …This is an important book, because it opens up a new field of research and does so in an authoritative manner.' Crusades

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Offers a detailed description of medieval military medicine by examining treatments available to wounded crusaders. Challenging traditionally held views of medicine in the Crusades and drawing on archaeological and historical sources, it is essential reading for students of medieval medicine.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An excellent resource 21 July 2005
By Somyunguy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book isn't very large, but it's to the point, it's unbiased, and it's packed full of information. The price tag is steep, but it's a good book that you will have trouble finding the likes of anywhere else.

The information on the subject it gives is directly from medieval sources and compiled and studied by a knowledgeable author. This gives the usual exquisite effect of contradicting modern ideas on the subject (where most people believe what uneducated cliche is written now, not having read what was really done then).

It gives excellent accounts and information on hospitals, wounds, treatments, and techniques, among other things, in good, though not thorough, detail. It is a great resource, and has an excellent bibliography and references.

This book is even quite worthwhile to those who study martial history, as most of the subject is due to the effects of contemporary martial arts, and includes information on remains of such victims that can be found no where else.

I hold back the 5th star due to the price tag, and due to the short, yet conversely uneducated/outdated theories on some weaponry, thier effects, armours and tactics. The price tag is only justifiable by lack of anything else like this on the market, not by volume or quantity of content or binding, though it is of quality.
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The Medieval Surgeon in the crusades revisited 6 Dec. 2009
By Francissomville - Published on Amazon.com
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Very accurate textbook for historic reviewers and surgeons and people whom are looking for good litterature in medieval accurate data.
It is a book that you can read like a roman and and essay at the same time.
Not too short and not too long. Just like it have to be.
It 's price is just good.
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