The Treatment of Flesh Wounds in the Roman Army (27 B.C.-A.D. 476)

By Valentine J. Belfiglio.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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During ancient battles, thousands of soldiers suffered minor and major flesh wounds. The Romans forged a military medical system that surpassed the medical systems of most of the enemies that the Romans fought. Roman physicians treated flesh wounds by irrigation, antiseptics, herbal drugs, surgery, and the use of bandages and moisturizing dressings. The Roman army innovated the use of medical corpsmen and field hospitals to increase the speed of treatment. This enhanced treatment acted as a force multiplier to give the Romans an advantage in war.

Keywords: Military Medicine, Speed of Treatment, Force Multiplier

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2015, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 229.349KB).

Prof. Valentine J. Belfiglio

Professor, Department of History and Government, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA

Valentine Belfiglio is an educator of international relations and diplomatic history. He recevied his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1970 and has published seven books and more than 100 articles. He currently teaches at Texas Woman’s University, but also taught courses in military science and international studies at the Texas Military Academy, Austin, Texas from 1993-2005. Valentine received the Guido Dorso Prize in Research from the University of Naples in 1985, the C.K. Chamberlain Award for scholarship from East Texas Historical Association in 1990, and the Cornaro Award from Texas Woman’s University in 2003 for excellence in teaching and research. He was knighted by the Italian Government in 1991 for his extensive writings to promote Italian culture and civilization in America. The focus of his recent research is the impact of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations on American culture and public policy.