Study on Chronic Pain Management in Roman Coloniae
The use of analgesics by medical workers in the colonies and at field hospitals stationed in the colonial capitals was an important component of giving prompt care to Roman veterans after injuries or other causes of chronic pain, according to the research provided here. Roman legionnaires got financial incentives and free plots of land in Italy or Roman conquered lands after completing twenty years or more of active military service. These outposts in Roman-conquered territory functioned as a barrier between the Roman State and possible Roman adversaries. In the lands they seized, they assisted in the suppression of insurgencies and the Romanization of these territories. The size and population of the coloniae ranged from a few hundred to several thousand individuals. Affordably priced medical care is critical to any community’s existence and success. To support the colonists residing there, the larger coloniae had hospitals and health care personnel. The medical clinic in smaller colonies had a smaller staff. The medici (physicians) who lived and worked in the coloniae were concerned about managing chronic pain suffered by ranchers and farmers. The veterans and their families sometimes required pain management for their functionality and quality of life.
S. O. Aluko-Arowolo
Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.
M. Solarin Thomas
Primary Health Care, Ijebu-Ode Local Government, Ogun State, Nigeria.
O. Ogundimu Ayobami
Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, Ojoo Ibadan, Nigeria.
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