The Birth of the Hospital in the Byzantine Empire (Supplement to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine)

Medical historians have traditionally claimed that modern hospitals emerged during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Premodern hospitals, according to many scholars, existed mainly as refuges for the desperately poor and sick, providing patients with little or no medical care. Challenging this view in a compelling survey of hospitals in the East Roman Empire, Timothy Miller traces the birth and development of Byzantine xenones, or hospitals, from their emergence in the fourth century to their decline in the fifteenth century, just prior to the Turkish conquest of Constantinople. These sophisticated medical facilities, he concludes, are the true ancestors of modern hospitals. In a new introduction to this paperback edition, Miller describes the growing scholarship on this subject in recent years.

Amazon Sales Rank: #1349842 in Books Published on: 1997-06-17 Original language: English Number of items: 1 Dimensions: .73" h x 5.99" w x 8.95" l, 1.07 pounds Binding: Paperback 328 pages

Review A very important book that will be consulted by students and scholars in diverse aspects of medicine... Guaranteed to excite controversy... [and] engender a long overdue interest in the medical procedures of one of the great world civilizations. (Isis )Dr. Miller is a learned and enterprising historian with a fascinating theme. He shows beyond a doubt that the Western hospital tradition goes back to the early Byzantine Empire in the fourth century. (Medical History )Those who look into Byzantine health care with Professor Miller as their guide will gain a much more favorable impression of the subject than now prevails. En route they will learn in this readable book a great deal about other aspects of Byzantine society and much about classical and medieval medicine in general. (Bulletin of the History of Medicine )When this book was originally published in 1985, it marked the first comprehensive treatment of the history of the Byzantine hospital... In a new introduction to his text Miller defends his earlier line of argument in detail. (Lawrence I. Conrad Social History of Medicine ) About the Author Timothy S. Miller is associate professor of history at Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Most helpful customer reviews 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Insightful ! By Geoffrey Edward McCool This book easily assists the student and the scholar in a better understanding of the emergence of the hospital in history. To be enjoyed in the comfort of one's favorite armchair. The reading community can look forward with anticipation to his latest contribution, The Orphans of Byzantium. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Insightful and convincing By Stratiotes Doxha Theon In this insightful work, the author makes a convincing case for the seeds of the modern hospital ideals in the Christian-inspired charity of the Byzantine empire. At times the author seems to belabor the point and that would be the only detraction from the content. The evidence is, however, extensive and thoroughly convincing. An important work for any interested in medical history in particular. See all 2 customer reviews...