During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Barber Surgeons were the medical practitioners and grooming experts of medieval Europe. They were a coalition of tradesmen essential to the order of society that were expected to do everything from cutting hair to surgery, generally charged with looking after soldiers during or after battle.

In this era, surgery was not generally conducted by physicians but by barbers (who had sharp-bladed razors, an indispensable tool of their profession). The barber surgeons often took up residence in castles where they provided medical assistance to royalty and the wealthy.

The craft lives on today with the traditional red and white barber’s pole, still seen outside many barber shops, which is said to represent the blood and bandages associated with their medieval colleagues.

BSG is committed to continue this history of noble service and expertise to our community of modern soldiers who fight for good in this world.

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