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Did the Romans Improve the Treatment of Broken Limbs?

By October 19, 2012

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I don't cover much medical history on this site as I don't have any of the relevant training, but I did want to flag up this blog from the Bones Don't Lie Blog. It's run by a PhD student who specialises in mortuary archaeology, and she's taken a look at research on the differences between the treatment of broken bones in Iron Age and Roman Britain. I won't spoil the conclusions, or attempt to describe the signs the experts are looking for, but the conclusion is a challenge to the notion that the Roman Empire automatically improved everything when it arrived.


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