In the Camp and on the March: Military Manuals as Sources for Studying Premodern Public Health

  title={In the Camp and on the March: Military Manuals as Sources for Studying Premodern Public Health},
  author={Guy Geltner},
  journal={Medical History},
  pages={44 - 60}
  • G. Geltner
  • Published 1 January 2019
  • History
  • Medical History
Historians tend to view public health as a quintessentially modern phenomenon, enabled by the emergence of representative democracies, centralised bureaucracies and advanced biomedicine. While social, urban and religious historians have begun chipping away at the entrenched dichotomy between pre/modernity that this view implies, evidence for community prophylactics in earlier eras also emerges from a group of somewhat unexpected sources, namely military manuals. Texts composed for (and often by… 
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