Crusades Of The 11th Century

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The shrill cry of an ambulance racing down the street can be quite disconcerting. Conversely, there is a certain comfort in knowing that services are at the ready to transport individuals in need, to local health facilities. The word ambulance, is derived from the Latin, “ambulare”, which means to walk, or move around. In fact, the first emergency personnel only had their two legs to depend on when transporting the wounded during mobile medical services' infancy. The Crusades of the 11th century introduced ambulatory medical personnel to society. During the war, auxiliary medical workers received first-aid training from Greek and Arab doctors; these upskilled individuals were the first Knights of St. John, and were sanctioned by the church.

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