Medicine During The Middle Ages

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Medicine in the Middle Ages Many ancient civilizations, such as the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, pushed medical knowledge forward until the Middle Ages, when medical knowledge was believed to have slowed down. However, that is not the case. The Middle Ages were a time of change and improvement, they shaped the modern world. The Middle Ages revolutionized medical practices, physicians linked filth to the spread of disease, many practical diagnoses and treatments for common illnesses were discovered, and medical training programs in universities became well established. During the Middle Ages, towns were extremely unsanitary until physicians and people living in the towns began to discover the relationship between dirty towns and the spread of disease. Towns had become covered in human and animal waste, garbage, butchers’ scraps, and manure. Bacteria was constantly being spread because people bathed in, went to the bathroom in, and drank from the same water source. Even if towns had outhouses, they were sometimes built too close to the town’s water supply, causing the human waste to seep through the dirt into the water source. Monasteries were also very filthy places because they took care of sick people who were covered in dirt, fleas, lice, and wore dirty, unwashed clothes. Eventually, there became a basic understanding that cleanliness helped people maintain good health, even though there was no actual scientific proof.
When the bubonic plague swept across medieval…
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