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Medieval Medicine

Its Mysteries and Science

Publication Date15th April 2016

Book FormatPaperback

pages304

Illustrations30

Height198

Width124

A time when butchers and executioners knew more about anatomy than university-trained physicians – travel back to a time of such unlikely remedies as leeches, roasted cat and red bed curtains
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ISBN
9781445655420

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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