MEDICINE THROUGH TIME - Ancient Rome

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  • Ancient Roman Medicine 1
    • Communicatio
      • Roman Texts describe operations to remove bladder stones and cataracts in ways that modern doctors believe would have been effective
    • Government
      • Still made dissection illegal everywhere except for Alexandria
    • War
      • the state paid for public doctors and hospitals for wounded soldiers
        • Government
          • Still made dissection illegal everywhere except for Alexandria
      • Because of many wars that the Romans had, the doctors had to develop their surgery quickly to help wounded soldiers
    • Attitudes
      • Romans noticed that bad smells, unclean water, sewage and dirt made you more likely to be ill
        • Miasma Theory
        • So they built army camps away from towns so that soldiers would not be ill
          • War
            • the state paid for public doctors and hospitals for wounded soldiers
              • Because of many wars that the Romans had, the doctors had to develop their surgery quickly to help wounded soldiers
      • Key Individual
        • Galen
          • Greek in the Roman times
          • He developed the theory of humours to come up with the theory of opposites
            • if you had a cold, eat something warm and vice versa
          • showman who dissected animals in front of an audience
            • believed that human anatomy was identical to that of animals, and so made mistakes - ie said that humans had 7 jaw bones (like pigs do) but we have 2
          • became the Emperor's Son's doctor
          • wrote over 100 medical texts

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