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Were There Ambulances During Medieval Times?

Were there ambulances during the Middle Ages? Yes, there was some sort of resemblance of what we could call an ambulance system.

1.) 900 AD – Anglo Saxons devised the first ambulance – a hammock based cart – to transport people with mental or psychiatric problems and leprosy.

2.) 7th century – During the Muslim conquests, armies used a mobile dispensary (an office in an organization that dispenses medications and medical supplies. In a traditional dispensary set-up, a pharmacist dispenses medication as per prescription or order form) to treat wounded warriors on the battlefield.

3.). 11th century – At the Battle of Hastings, the Normans used a litter suspended between horses on two poles to carry their wounded.

4.) 1487 – Queen Isabella of Spain’s armies were the first to used “ambulancias” for emergency pick ups of wounded soldiers from the battlefield.

Queen Isabella I with knights