Medieval and Renaissance medicine

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  • Medieval and Renaissance  Medicine
    • Alchemy
      • Alchemy was trying to create potions to help people live longer
      • The main goals of Alchemy was to try and create the elixir of life and to produce a philosopher's stone
        • We don't talk about the mistake box
      • Though alchemists didn't make the elixir of life or a philosopher's stone, they did make hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, potash and sodium carbonate and were able to identify arsenic, antimony and bismuth.
    • The four humours
      • This idea dominated medical ideas for  over 2000 years.
      • The four humours were: blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile
      • If someone was ill they would try and restore the "balance of humours in the body.
    • Renaissance art
      • In the Renaissance Painters like Michelangelo and Da Vinci wanted to paint people in as much detail as possible
      • So they would dissect bodies, even though it was banned by the church, to learn more about anatomy


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