Richard A. Gabriel and Karen S. Metz have completed this unique two-volume work: the first published comprehensive history of military medicine in the Western world. This first volume deals with the period starting with Sumer (4000 B.C.), and continues with analyses of military medicine in Ancient Egypt (3500 B.C.-350 B.C.), Assyria (911 B.C.-612 B.C.), Israel, Persia, and India (1300 B.C.-100 B.C.), Greece (500 B.C.-147 B.C.), and Rome (753 B.C.-478 A.D.). Also included is a chapter on barbarians, Byzantines, and Islam--ending the first volume with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
Since the transfer of information or practices relevant to military medicine were rare in ancient civilizations, this volume examines each civilization as an individual detailed case study. Volume I ends with an overview of military medicine in the ancient world, a bibliography, and a general subject index. Both of these volumes are of considerable value to students and scholars in the disciplines of world history, military studies, and medical history. The Gabriel-Metz undertaking promises to stimulate an intensive re-examination of military medical history.
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RICHARD A. GABRIEL is the author of twenty-five books and scores of articles on political, military, and historical subjects. He is Professor of Politics, Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
KAREN S. METZ has held research librarian and collection development positions at the University of Michigan Medical Center and at Saint Anselm College, Manshester, New Hampshire. She is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has been consulting author to medical reference books. Gabriel and Metz's previous collaboration, From Sumer to Rome: The Military Capabilities of Ancient Armies, was published in 1991 by Greenwood Press.Review:
"It is this history [of military medicine], so central to the art of warfare, that Richard Gabriel and Karen Metz survey in this invaluable book. . . . No one has hitherto attempted . . . a comprehensive treatment of the subject from the earliest times to the present day and from all civilizations. To have written such a study is Gabriel's and Metz's achievement. It will become an automatic source for all military historians, for medical historians interested in the parallel development of military and civil medicine, and for anyone else concerned with this aspect of warfare through the ages."-John Keegan from the Foreword
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Book Description Praeger, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110313284024