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Roman medicine was of high standard

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Fresco from Pompeii showing a wounded Aeneas who has his wounds dressed
Fresco from Pompeii showing a wounded Aeneas who has his wounds dressed

Roman medicine had its high level, especially in the legions. Celsus, a Roman scholar in the 1st century CE, claims that military doctors knew human anatomy much better than their colleagues in private practice.

The task of the camp doctor was to help the sick and to select recruits for the fleet, taking into account both health and physical resistance.

Military doctors had helpers, nurses, paramedics, and the entire medical staff had individual specialities, incl. those responsible for ointments, medicines, administrators or physiotherapists.

Medicine in the Roman army

  • Winniczuk Lidia, Ludzie, zwyczaje i obyczaje starożytnej Grecji i Rzymu, PWN, Warszawa

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