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Medieval Medicine

Its Mysteries and Science

Toni Mount

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Amberley Publishing
14 April 2016
Calling to mind a time when butchers and executioners knew more about anatomy than university-trained physicians, the phrase 'Medieval Medicine' conjures up horrors for us with our modern ideas on hygiene, instant pain relief and effective treatments. Although no one could allay the dread of plague, the medical profession provided cosmetic procedures, women's sanitary products, dietary advice and horoscopes predicting the sex of unborn babies or the best day to begin a journey. Surgeons performed life-saving procedures, sometimes using anaesthetics, with post-operative antibiotic and antiseptic treatments to reduce the chances of infection. They knew a few tricks to lessen the scarring, too. Yet alongside such expertise, some still believed that unicorns, dragons and elephants supplied vital medical ingredients and the caladrius bird could diagnose recovery or death. This is the weird, wonderful and occasionally beneficial world of medieval medicine. In her new book, popular historian Toni Mount guides the reader through this labyrinth of strange ideas and such unlikely remedies as leeches, meadowsweet, roasted cat and red bed curtains - some of which modern medicine is now coming to value - but without the nasty smells or any threat to personal wellbeing and safety. N.B. No animals, large, furry or mythological, were harmed during research for this book.
By:   Toni Mount
Imprint:   Amberley Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 124mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   283g
ISBN:   9781445655420
ISBN 10:   144565542X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   14 April 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Toni Mount has been a history teacher for fifteen years. She has an MA by Research on medieval medical manuscripts from the University of Kent. Born in London, Toni now lives in Gravesend, Kent.

Reviews for Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science

'Readable and fascinating' -- Third Age Matters Magazine


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