Wounds were a potent signifier reaching across all aspects of life in Europe in the middle ages, and their representation, perception and treatment is the focus of this volume. Following a survey of the history of medical wound treatment in the middle ages, paired chapters explore key themes situating wounds within the context of religious belief, writing on medicine, status and identity, and surgical practice. The final chapter reviews the history of medieval wounding through the modern imagination. Adopting an innovative approach to the subject, this book will appeal to all those interested in how past societies regarded health, disease and healing and will improve knowledge of not only the practice of medicine in the past, but also of the ethical, religious and cultural dimensions structuring that practice.
'... The work is documented with footnotes and end-of-chapter reference sources ... primary sources have been cited and used throughout, making this a useful work for those conducting studies on societal culture in the Middle Ages. Recommended. Medieval history library collections, graduate students and above.' Choice '... will provide stimulating reading for historians interested in medicine, surgery, the body, and religious materiality.' Medieval Review 'The editors should be applauded for including articles on a very broad range of topics related to wounds... all readers of Medical History will find chapters that educate and enlighten them.' Medical History