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Medicine in the Middle Ages (Hardback)

Surviving the Times

Medieval History P&S History Social History Medieval

By Juliana Cummings
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 20 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526779342
Published: 30th October 2021

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The Middle Ages covers a span of roughly one thousand years, and through that time people were subject to an array of not only deadly diseases but deplorable living conditions. It was a time when cures for sickness were often worse than the illness itself mixed with a population of people who lacked any real understanding of sanitation and cleanliness.

Dive in to the history of medieval medicine, and learn how the foundations of healing were built on the knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. Understand how your social status would have affected medical care, and how the domination of the Catholic Church was the basis of an abundant amount of fear regarding life and death.

We are given an intimate look into the devastating time of the Black Death, along with other horrific ailments that would have easily claimed a life in the Middle Ages. Delve inside the minds of the physicians and barbersurgeons for a better understanding of how they approached healing.

As well as diving into the treacherous waters of medieval childbirth, Cummings looks into the birth of hospitals and the care for the insane. We are also taken directly to the battlefield and given the gruesome details of medieval warfare and its repercussions. Examine the horrors of the torture chamber and execution as a means of justice.

Medicine in the Middle Ages is a fascinating walk through time to give us a better understanding of such a perilous part of history.

A great insight into how medical treatments were developed and also how religions have played a part in it’s development. I would recommend this book.

NetGalley, Vicky Jones

About Juliana Cummings

Juliana has been writing for close to thirty years. From her first publication in her junior high newspaper to her current writings on Tudor and Medieval history, writing has always been Juliana’s passion in life. While she has always been interested in history, she discovered that her family lineage led to Tudor Royalty, which pursued her to learn even more.


Through years of research, Juliana considers herself an expert on all things Tudor. Her interests also lie strongly with other aspects of medieval history, particularly the history of medicine and the macabre.


As well as actively writing her blog which focuses on the diary of a Lady in Waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon, she continues to write for various publications in both the UK and US. Her work has been published in History is Now magazine, Matt’s History Blog, A Tudor Writing Circle.com as well as Tudor Dynasty.com. Juliana has also self-published on Amazon.com. She currently runs her website and Facebook page, The Savage Revolt.


Juliana lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, children, and her mini dachshund, Pumpkin.

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