Advancements Of Medical Care During The Time Period Between 1500 And 1800

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In the time period between 1500 and 1800 there were changes in medical theory and philosophy, and while the ideas firmly established at the beginning and end of this period seem quite different on the surface, there are similarities. This is due to new theories incorporating pillars from previously accepted ideas and practices. Major points to take note of in this period are: the extent of improvement in quantity and the quality of medical care, the shifting relationship between theology and medical practice, and how the credibility of ancient medical theory changed.
A misconception about medical care during this time period is that it improved drastically. The mortality rates experienced a decline in the 1800s, less people were getting sick outside of large cities, and hospitals and infirmaries were being set up all over Europe. Medical advances had a minor role in all of this. Sanitation had the largest effect in combating illness and death. In the name of self-interest, the wealthy pooled money to build healthcare facilities. It was really just, “a stage-managed means by which the patricians bought off the plebeians, persuading them that their social superiors gave back in paternal affection what they took away in time and sweat” (Waller, “Medicine in the Enlightenment”). Physicians cannot be reasonably credited with the mass’ growing quality of life. They still provided treatments that did not work, and at times hastened the death of their patients. On top of this many…
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