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Medicine and treatment c.1350-1750.

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Transcript of Medicine and treatment c.1350-1750.

Change and development in this period
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Medicine and treatment c.1350-1750.
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continuity from the Ancient World.
change and development in this period.
treatments.
who would treat you and how they were trained.
Black Death case study.
The Ancient Greeks believed the body was internally balanced by four humours (liquids). These would also link your body to the worldly elements of earth, fire, wind and water. It was obvious this was true - people got ill in the wet seasons and produced too much phlegm. In the autumn, as the days grew shorter, people became melancholic.
blood
phlegm
yellow bile
black bile
In the Middle Ages, people respected the teachings of Greek and Roman scientists, philosophers and astrologers and did not question their authority or doubt their knowledge.
Galen
Roman doctor 2nd century CE.
Believed in BLOODLETTING.
Believed that a person's balance could be restored by his theory of OPPOSITES.
Too much PHLEGM? you are too COLD. Eat a HOT PEPPER!

...temperature? eat a CUCUMBER - it will COOL YOU DOWN.
Galen was very confident and believed he had perfected Greek ideas. He produced over 350 medical texts. Many people believed there was nothing left to discover about medicine and NO POINT in further medical research.
The Four Humours
GALEN
Continuity from the Ancient World.
astrology
renaissance and reformation
Vesalius, Harvey and new ideas about the body
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