DARK AGES

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  • DARK AGES (AD 476 - 1000) AND MIDDLE AGES (1000-1500)
    • HOSPITALS AND PUBLIC HEALTH
      • monasteries, leper house - care not cure
      • sewers had largely declined
      • public stewes existed but were seen an immoral
    • TRAINING
      • educated in hippocrates and later galen
      • taught to observe and record symptoms
      • galen conducted dissections
    • CAUSES OF DISEASE
      • theory of the four humours: imbalanced humours = illness
      • galen's theory of opposites
      • miasma and astrology
      • god and the devil
      • minority groups blamed for plague
    • TREATMENTSAND CURES
      • bloodletting, flagellating, strapping chicken bottoms to buboes for plague
      • herbal remedies, prayer, sweet smelling substances
      • treated by wise women, mum, barber surgeons, physicians apothecary, monks and nuns
    • STATUS OF WOMEN
      • women were the midwives
      • main carers within the home
    • KEY INDIVIDUALS
      • galen

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