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Health, Disease and Medicine in the 16th Century

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By:Holly, Navdeep and Jasleen Health, Disease and Medicine in the 16th Century In the Elizabethan era, England did not have a high standard of health, as it does today. Diseases, food problems and lack of sanitation were the top things that created problems for the health of the population. Health, Disease, and Medicine in the 16th
Century Disease: a harmful inflection causing certain symptoms and affecting your body in a negative way
diseases were created by lack of sanitation, daily foods and explorers

Common Diseases:
Chicken pox
Scarlet fever
The most feared disease of them all was PLAGUE
caused by the enterobacteria
Central Asia = Origin
jumped around Europe from 1563-1603
during serious years, 1/4 London pop. died
- (over all) in England 1/3 pop. died Diseases Symptoms of Plague:
Swollen ‘lump nodes’(organs of the immune system)
-swollen lump nodes occurred mainly in armpits & stomach
high fever
hallucinations(during fever)
muscle spasms
DEATH (if infection spread into bloodstream/lungs)

Fact: Queen Elizabeth got smallpox when she was 29 years old. During her sickness, she became bald! After she had recovered, she had to wear extra makeup. Diseases Medicine Medicine: is a treatment that cures diseases, colds, etc.
many people used herbs and plants remedies for treatment
Examples of herbs and plants:
Treatment for headache: cured by smelling sweet things, lavender, rose etc.
Treatment for earache: putting roasted onion in your ear
Treatment for stomachache: cured by consuming mints, wormwood and balms
Treatment for lung problems: cured with liquorice
For simple wounds: cured by vinegar
Plague (black death): cured by rubbing swollen parts with warm butter, onion and garlic.
many people also believed in superstitious beliefs to cure diseases Health Care:
there were doctors (a man with good education,and passed a examination)

People in the lower class would eat.....
Vegetables (rarely)
People in the upper class would eat.......
Meat such as beef, lamb,pork, etc. (mostly)
Vegetables (rarely)
Their diets lead to a disease called Scurvy (lack of vitamin C) Health: diets and lifespan Lifespan:
average lifespan for a man: 47 years old
for the rich: 35 years old
death was common for early childhood
- 40% of british people died before their late teenage years
Why was the lifespan short????
tools weren't sanitary and would get inflected Health: lifespan Example: the use of magic and gemstones could cure mental illness Quiz Time!!!!!!!! :) 1.What are 3 of the common diseases of the 16th Century?
2.Where did plague originate from?
3.How much of England's Population died due to plague?
4.What disease did Queen Elizabeth get when she was 29?
5.What medicine treated headaches?
6.What treated simple wounds(cuts, scrapes, etc.)?
7.Describe a Doctor in the 16th Century
8.What Did their poor diets often lead to?
9.What is the average lifespan of a poor and rich person in the 16th Century?
10.Why was their lifespan so short? http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/travel/diseases/malaria_disease.htm
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