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The Birth of the Hospital in the Byzantine Empire (Supplement to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine) Paperback – 17 Jun 1997

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A very important book that will be consulted by students and scholars in diverse aspects of medicine... Guaranteed to excite controversy... [and] engender a long overdue interest in the medical procedures of one of the great world civilizations.


Dr. Miller is a learned and enterprising historian with a fascinating theme. He shows beyond a doubt that the Western hospital tradition goes back to the early Byzantine Empire in the fourth century.

(Medical History)

Those who look into Byzantine health care with Professor Miller as their guide will gain a much more favorable impression of the subject than now prevails. En route they will learn in this readable book a great deal about other aspects of Byzantine society and much about classical and medieval medicine in general.

(Bulletin of the History of Medicine)

When this book was originally published in 1985, it marked the first comprehensive treatment of the history of the Byzantine hospital... In a new introduction to his text Miller defends his earlier line of argument in detail.

(Lawrence I. Conrad Social History of Medicine)

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A medical historian argues that the sophisticated medical facilities of the Byzantine Empire are the true ancestors of modern hospitals.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful ! 26 Feb. 2003
By Lama Jeff - Published on
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This book easily assists the student and the scholar in a better understanding of the emergence of the hospital in history. To be enjoyed in the comfort of one's favorite armchair. The reading community can look forward with anticipation to his latest contribution, The Orphans of Byzantium.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and convincing 4 Sept. 2007
By Stratiotes Doxha Theon - Published on
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In this insightful work, the author makes a convincing case for the seeds of the modern hospital ideals in the Christian-inspired charity of the Byzantine empire. At times the author seems to belabor the point and that would be the only detraction from the content. The evidence is, however, extensive and thoroughly convincing. An important work for any interested in medical history in particular.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 2 Sept. 2013
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This book was an great resource on the development of hospitals in the Byzantine empire. The author's writing was accessible, much more so than many academics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only one source 25 Dec. 2012
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I am currently working on a book on Christian social work - this volume helps me in no other does. Excellent, insightful study, both history and mind-provoking contextual studies. Easy to read, but highly competent in the field. Absolutely great!
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