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The Brotherhood By Charles Savona-Ventura
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The novel is based on the events occurring in the Outremer and in Christian Europe at the turn of the 13th century centering around the knight Thomas de Sainville who served as Master to the Brethren... More > of the Order of Saint Lazarus.< Less
The Brotherhood By Charles Savona-Ventura
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The novel is based on the events occurring in the Outremer and in Christian Europe at the turn of the 13th century centering around the knight Thomas de Sainville who served as Master to the Brethren... More > of the Order of Saint Lazarus.< Less
Biographies: Ordo Sancti Lazari Hierusalem - Grand Maîtres, Protecteurs & Administrateurs By Charles Savona-Ventura
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The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem was established in the aftermath of the First Crusade of 1098. It was subsequently organized into a military and hospitaller Order with several establishments... More > in various European countries all subservient to a central house sited first in Jerusalem, then Acre, Boigny, Paris and Spain. The Order was led throughout the centuries by a series of masters or grand masters. It has also enjoyed a number of Royal and Spiritual Protectors.< Less
Knight Hospitaller Medicine in Malta [1530-1798] By Charles Savona-Ventura
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The book is a dedicated account of the history of medicine practiced in Early Modern Malta when the Islands were managed by the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. The changing patterns of disease... More > throughout the 16th to 18th centuries and the response to managing these conditions are reviewed. The nook further looks at the legislative efforts introduced to control disease, the educational endeavors undertaken to improve the standards of care, and the social welfare systems adopted to better the lives of the population.< Less
An abridged history of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem By Charles Savona-Ventura
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The book reviews the history of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem originally set up in the wake of the First Crusade in the early decades of the 12th century with the specific aim of helping... More > the victims of Leprosy. It further assumed a military role participating in several military campaigns aimed at opposing the Islamic incursions in the Holy Land. After being expelled from Acre at the end of the 13th century, it established its magistracy in France. Political machinations during the 15-16th century led to the Order being split up into two major fractions - one under the direction of the French Royal house and the other under the direction of the Duke of Savoy. The French Revolution of the 18th century was to see the Order loose its French Royal Protection but retained an identity continuing to direct its philanthropic works in Haifa attracting the attention of the Melkite Patriarchy who assumed the Order's protection. It continues to exist today as an International Organization.< Less
Contemporary Medicine in Malta [1798-1979] By Charles Savona-Ventura
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This book is the final volume of a series of books by the same author covering the history of medicine in the Maltese Islands from the prehistoric age right through the modern period. This volume... More > deals with the medical practice during the last two-hundred years, a period that saw the final phase of the emergence of the scientific basis of disease understanding and management. The Contemporary Period in the Maltese Islands saw its start with political upheaval resulting in the ousting of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John by the french, and the eventual ousting of the new rulers with the Islands falling within the dominion of the British Empire. The book looks at the efforts to re-establish and update public health legislation, review social welfare services, and medical education. It further reviews the history of various medical conditions and their management in the light of the new scientific advances.< Less
Guidelines for Medical Students - Gynaecological & obstetric history taking and physical examination By Charles Savona-Ventura
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In general, history taking and physical examination should be carried out in a logical sequence. The medical student should understand the purpose of each posed question and each observational aspect... More > of the examination. This small booklet sets out to detail the principles of history taking and physical examination of the obstetric and gynaecological patient with the aim of enabling the medical student to develop the necessary clinical skills.< Less
Medical Perspectives of Battle Conflicts in Malta By Charles Savona-Ventura
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Medical services have been associated with the military since the days of Ancient Greece. This relationship was essential not only in ensuring the front-line treatment of injuries sustained by... More > soldiers but also to treat the diseases that accompany the disruption in the social circumstances brought on by warfare. The expectation of a military conflict requires the commanders in the field to draw up a military operation plan. This war plan varied according to the defined objectives, often being differently viewed by the combatants on either side of the conflict. There was in addition the aspect of using biological agents as weapons of warfare. There are numerous records of the use of biological weapons in antiquity. It is therefore not surprising that medical personnel played a very important role in battle plans and were generally highly regarded by the commanders and troops these medics serviced.< Less
Ancient Egyptian Medicine By Charles Savona-Ventura
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The medicine of the ancient Egyptians is some of the oldest documented. From the beginnings of the civilization in the late fourth millennium BC until the Persian invasion of 525 BC, Egyptian medical... More > practice went largely unchanged but was highly advanced for its time, including simple non-invasive surgery, setting of bones, dentistry, and an extensive set of pharmacopoeia. Egyptian medical thought influenced later traditions, including the Greeks. Until the 19th century, the main sources of information about ancient Egyptian medicine were writings from later in antiquity. The Greek historian Herodotus visited Egypt around 440 BC and wrote extensively of his observations of their medicinal practice. Pliny the Elder also wrote favourably of them in historical review. Hippocrates (the "father of medicine"), Herophilos, Erasistratus and later Galen studied at the temple of Amenhotep, and acknowledged the contribution of ancient Egyptian medicine to Greek medicine.< Less
THE HOSPITALLER KNIGHTS OF SAINT LAZARUS By Charles Savona-Ventura
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The Hospitaller Knights of Saint Lazarus is a detailed account of the history of an Order that was originally set up in Jerusalem with the brief of furnishing succour to the sufferers of leprosy.... More > Increasing Islamic aggression required these hospitaller monks to become also "monks of war"; and were to play a crucial role in the defense of the Holy Land and the Crusades. The order retained its existence even after the Christians were expelled from the Holy Land. Its fortunes have sea-sawed throughout the centuries, but the members of the Order have managed to maintain an existence to the present day. This book reviews the history of this lesser known Crusader Order from its initiation to the present times basing much of the conclusions on original contemporary documentation.< Less

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