Medieval Medicine

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Tabatha Phillips
Mrs. A Domingue
English IV 1st Period
11, March, 2014
Medieval Medicine The medial period produced a lot of medicine and different types of medical practices, more than you would actually think. They had medical schools, different ways to treat and cure diseases, various medicines, and hospitals back than that helped with diseases they faced. The medical schools they went to had requirements and their own purposes. The requirements to get your license were very difficult. They had very high standards for the students who went there. (Medieval spells medieval history source) To be a physician they had to have three years of college work preparation in medical studies. They also needed four years of medical followed with two years spent working with a practiced physician. (Medieval spells medieval history source) If they wanted to do anatomy surgery it was an additional year. The first school was established in Salerno, Italy during the 10th and 11th century. (Allman 69) In the 12th century, they reached a higher developed medical education, was taken up with rigorous attention to detail. The regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum was the code of health at the school of Salernitanum. (Allman 69) Regimen was written in rhymed verses. It was written for popularity information not for the physicians. (Medieval spells medieval history source) The physicians helped the children, women, and elderly in society deal with their diseases. The kids in the middle ages always stayed sick. (Medieval spells medieval history source) They were infested with worms and caught Malaria from mosquitos. Some of the other things that always kept kids sick were Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Chicken Poxes. The children also had frequent eye infections and skin diseases, like Scabies. (Medieval spells medieval history source) The women in this time didn’t even have birth control, or knew birth control even existed. So women would get pregnant and die their 20’s due to child birth, even though ¼ of the time the child died before turning the age of one. (Medieval spells medieval history source) The elderly in the middle ages got sicker the older they got. Men and woman would both catch breast cancer, even though more profound in women. With all this sickness going around, people got weaker, and caught pneumonia and died. (Medieval spells medieval history source) If you were lucky to be wealthy, you had warm clothes, plenty of food and managed to live as long as people today. (Medieval spells medieval history source) During the middle ages, the Catholic Church believed that illness was a punishment from God for sinful behavior. There was no antibiotics, so if they got sick they had to make remedies for sickness. (Medicine in the middle ages) Some of the remedies were in pill form, rubs, washes poultices and lastly drinking them. One of the worst diseases of the time was the Black Death. The treatment used for this was arsenic, lillyroot, and dried toad. (Medicine in the middle ages) Tobacco was used to treat disease also. For headaches, the use of sweet smelling herbs eased the headache away. (Medicine in the middle ages) Coriander was used as a fever reducer. As you can see, they had remedies for everything. (Medicine in the middle ages) Dealing with the medicines the four humors went hand and hand with sickness. According to the theory back then the human body had four humors. The humors are as follows: yellow bile, black bile, phlegm and blood. If the four humors were balanced then the person was healthy. (Allman 69) If they weren’t balance or imbalanced the humors caused diseases. (Allman 69) The medicine they used to cure those diseases were mostly herbal medicine. The people who made the herbal medicine were called herbalist. (Holistic guide) The herbalist were known as wise women, who later called witches. The reason why they became known as witches was they added spells and chants