The Renaissance

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  • c.1500-c.1700: The Renaissance
    • Ideas: a scientific approach
      • fewer people believe in supernatural & religion
      • reduced influence of church
        • more people look for scientific explanations
      • theory of miasma and four humours continues
      • THOMAS SYDENHAM
        • based treatment on disease as a whole
        • lead to less belief in astrology
        • improved knowledge on digestion
        • more direct observations
    • Transmission of ideas
      • PRINTING PRESS
        • exact copies produced in short time
        • discoveries shared in wider area
        • reduced church control
      • Royal Society set up for scientific understanding
        • encouraged and shared experiments
        • challenged and built scuentists creating a medical communtiy
    • Continuity in prevention, treatment and care
      • hospitals used less for travellers
      • hospitals shut due to closing of monasteries
      • Treatments
        • herbal remedies
        • bleeding and purging
        • prayer
        • cleanliness
      • many care for at home
        • physicians= ecpensive
      • miasma
        • removal of swamps and sewage
    • Change in care and treatment
      • apothecaries & surgeons
        • change
          • better trained
          • licence need to work
        • continuity
          • not given university training
      • Physicians
        • continuity
          • trained at universities
        • change
          • better access to medical books and drawing
          • new ideas about anatomy
          • dissection legalised
    • CASE STUDY: The Great Plague
    • William Harvey & Versalius (Key people mindmap)

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