Medieval Medicine : Its Mysteries and Science
by Toni Mount
Editor: Amberley Publishing
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Evoking a time when butchers and executioners knew more about the anatomy of university trained doctors, the phrase “medieval” medicine horrible sounds for those of us with modern ideas about hygiene, instant pain relief and effective treatmentsIn those days, no one could allay the fear of the plague or many other horrible diseases we have now forgottenHowever, the medieval medical profession have allowed patients to everything from cosmetic procedures and dietary advice to save the lives of surgeries and post-operative antibioticsCuriously, alongside such expertise, some still thought that unicorns, dragons and elephants provided vital medical ingredients and that horoscopes could predict the sex of the unborn babyThis book explores the labyrinth of strange and unlikely ideas that make up the strange, wonderful and sometimes beneficial world of medieval medicine
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