The 1565 Siege of Malta served as a turning point in the westward Ottoman advance. The 4-month long siege was resisted by the indomitable belief of the defenders that their cause was just and holy. It also required prior detailed organisation to ensure sufficient war materials and that the overall health of the combatants and non-combatants was maintained throughout the months of the siege. This article reviews the contemporary and historical sources relating to the conflict to identify the medical operational plans used by the military during this historic siege.
- MEDICAL HISTORY
- HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
- PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
- Received June 29, 2013.
- Revision received July 15, 2013.
- Accepted July 16, 2013.
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