Roman Medicine

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  • Created on: 09-04-14 18:10
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  • Roman Medicine
    • Gods
      • Illnesses were usually treated with family remedies using herbs and vegetables.
      • Some people appealed to their gods-Salus, the goddess of health
        • When plague struck, the Romans turned to the Greek god, Asclepius
    • Doctors
      • Doctors were employed in many Roman cities to help the poor
      • Women doctors were used for healing and charms
        • Women's roles advancing
        • Women also acted as midwives
      • The science of charms was an outstanding skill
    • Training Of Doctors
      • Read the Hippocrates collection
      • Lots of people became apprentices following other doctors, taking notes
      • Medical training wasn't compuslory
    • Treatments
      • More exercise, changes in diet, herbal medicines used as 'opposties'-a step on from 'the four humours'
      • Roman families passed on herbal remedies whilst doctors used a weak anaesthetist, opium
    • Theories About Disease
      • Most common treatment was bleeding as internal surgery was too risky.
      • Amputations
      • Trephining
      • Not interested in theories
      • Galen suggested there were 'seeds' of disease in the air which caused disease but did not look into it any further

Comments

Mr.Rowlett

Excellent summary of Roman medicine

Stephers

Thank you very much!

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