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Ancient Medicine After Galen __ General overview of medicine from the Byzantine period (which is still Roman) and later.  A dated article but still valid. - From -

Ancient Roman Doctors
__ "The 'doctors' in ancient Rome were not nearly as highly regarded as the doctors in Greece. The profession itself, outside of the legions, was considered a low social position, fit for slaves, freedmen and non-latin citizens, mainly Greeks." A good overview. - From -

Ancient Roman Medicine __ "We, in our overmedicated and over-modified world, have visions of primitive medical practices in "ancient" Europe. We think of unsanitary curbside surgeries by traveling barbers, poisons distributed as medicines (and vice versa, if you had enemies), herbs and simples with minimal value, bleeding and purging, superstition. There was some of that in the Roman world, but most of the excesses actually came later, when Roman knowledge had been lost." Here is an overview and history of roman medical practice. - From MMDTKW -

Ancient Roman Medicine __ "Ancient Roman medicine was in many ways a development of what they learned from the Greeks and then applied in exasperated situations such as continuous war or gladiatorial shows."  A good overview of Roman medical practices. - From - 

Ancient Rome - Medicine __ "Roman doctors did not fare so well. Many doctors were freed Greek slaves, hence the social standing of doctors was quite low. Because cure rates were so low, many people were skeptical or even scornful of doctors. Their skepticism is easily understood. Roman literature contains much which tells us about the reactions of individuals to medicine and doctors. To listen to the Roman authors is to hear tales of quackery at all levels of society." - From Crystalinks -

Ancient Roman Medicine - __ A few articles and encyclopedic resources. - From -

Category:Ancient Roman medicine __ Index of articles related to Roman medicine found in Wikipedia - From Wikipedia -


Medical community of ancient Rome __ An encyclopedic article with links to relates resources. - From wikipedia -

Medicine in Ancient Rome __ A rambling overview of Roman medicine interrupted with boxes of quotes. But in the end, it all ties together nicely and provides good basic information. - From -

Medicine In Ancient Rome  __ An illustrated general overview of Roman medicine, surgery, doctors and more. - illustrated - From -

Medicine in ancient Rome __ You will find an encyclopedic article along with links to related materials. - illustrated - From wikipedia -


Medicine of Ancient Rome __ "One of the people that the Romans borrowed medical techniques from was a Hindu surgeon named Shushruta. He developed a medical procedure that is still in use in modern medicine. The technique used was called the pedicle flap, which involved removing a piece of skin tissue from one part of the body and sewing it to a damaged area on the body." You will find a lot of information here that is often missing from standard articles about Roman medicine such as the connection with ancient India. Actually a good place to begin your research. - From -

Medicine in Ancient Rome - Fun Facts, Questions, Answers, Information __ Roman medical trivia, treatments, and a fun game. - From -

Medicine and Health in Ancient Rome __ Brief Description of Medicine and Health in Ancient Rome. - From -

Medicine and the Roman Army __ A brief look at health, medicine and the Roman Army. "Care and attention for the army was of vital importance and it was the army that, more often than not, was responsible for implementation of the great Public Health developments around the empire." Lots of other information about Roman medicine too. - From -

Medicine & Surgery in Ancient Rome __ "Ancient Roman medicine was a combination of physical techniques using various tools and holistic medicine using rituals and religious belief systems. ..." You will find a good article filled with pictures of Roman medical implements and surgeon's tools. - From -

Roman Medicine __ A general look at Roman medicine and surgical tools.  A good site from what looks like a gaming group. - illustrated - From LEG VI Ferrata Fidelas Constans -

Roman Medicine __ "While knowledge of anatomy was quite impressive, and many surgical techniques were only surpassed in the modern age, the application of medicines and cures was simplistic and largely ineffective. Much of the Roman system was adopted from the Greeks, and primarily the teachings of Hippocrates." A good overview. - From - 

Roman Medicine __ This would be a good website for the younger student wanting an introduction to Roman medicine. You will find information about history, doctors, surgery, medicines and more. - illustrated - From KET Distance Learning -


Roman Medicine - History for Kids! __ A very brief overview for kids but other resources are found. - From -

Roman ruins cast new light on a trip to doctor __ "An ancient doctor's surgery unearthed by Italian archaeologists has cast new light on what a trip to the doctor would have been like in Roman times. Far from crude, the medical implements discovered show that doctors, their surgeries and the ailments they treated have changed surprisingly little in 1,800 years."  A news article - From -

Roman Surgery __ Brief article and resources. - From - 

Surgical Instruments from Ancient Rome __ Annotated gallery of click-to-enlarge photos of Roman surgical instruments. - illustrated - From -


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