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Medieval Medicine. By Jared Metzger. Medieval Health. Everyone back then didn’t know what germs were and didn’t know what caused diseases. No one knew about hygiene Poor health and disease were part of their daily lives. Physicians were doctors and were expensive.

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medieval medicine

Medieval Medicine

By Jared Metzger

medieval health
Medieval Health
  • Everyone back then didn’t know what germs were and didn’t know what caused diseases. No one knew about hygiene
  • Poor health and disease were part of their daily lives.
  • Physicians were doctors and were expensive.
  • There were many theories of what caused diseases. Because there was no knowledge of germs, the church said that disease was God punishing you for your sins.
surgery
Surgery
  • Whenever people tried surgery, there was a plan.
  • Also, “surgeons” were unskilled workers such as barbers or butchers.
  • They never cleaned their surgical instruments.
  • It was no guarantee that a patient could recover from small operations.
  • Most people went to monasteries that had hospitals with them.
  • Potions used for sleep-inducing or pain-relieving were used for anesthesia.
humors
Humors
  • People believed that the balance of four liquids in your body was essential to being healthy.
  • The humors are blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile.
  • They had different ways to keep their humors balanced.
  • Bloodletting used leaches or dirty knifes.
disease
Disease
  • The main two types of disease are leprosy and plague.
  • There were different plagues: the bubonic, pneumonic, and the septicemic plagues.
  • Leprosy was slow acting and caused a lot of pain to the victim.
treatment
Treatment
  • Most of the remedies were herbal.
  • People would turn to charms or spells to try get rid of their disease.
  • Surgeons sometimes had to try complex surgery to cure a patient.