Roman Britain

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  • Roman Britain
    • Communications
      • The Roman army built roads
        • These roads let people pass on ideas and discoveries quickly
      • Regular change of officials kept Britain up-to-date with ideas
    • Army
      • Needed a good standard of health
        • Fort hospitals made for soldiers, but the public usually could not use them
      • During peace time they would build roads, baths, sewers etc..
    • Government
      • Organised taxes to pay for projects
      • Organised the army to build public health projects
      • Made central decisions
        • It was very important that there was structure to the public health systems, otherwise they would not work
    • Individuals
      • Galen
        • Produced over 350 texts about medicine and surgery
        • Claimed he had perfected the Ancient Greek ideas
          • People believed him and saw no reason to develop medicine
        • Worked in the second century
        • Strongly believed in bloodletting
        • Invented the Theory of Opposities
          • Linked to the Four Humours
          • If a person had too much phlegm, which is linked to water and cold, you should eat hot peppers, as they are hot and dry
      • Hippocrates
        • Although he died around 375BC, he was very important to Roman medicine
    • Treatment
      • There were very few doctors
        • Most illnesses were treated at home using family remedies
        • People who could afford them were treated at home
      • Fort hospitals
        • Often well equipped
        • Provided excellent training to doctors
        • Often didn't treat ordinary people
      • Many people still visited temples
      • People visited public baths as it was believed they held healing powers
    • Medicine
      • Most remedies were made of herbs and plants, but some also included oils
    • Public Health
      • Miasma
        • The belief that disease was caused by bad air
          • Romans noticed that disase seemed to increase near marshes and swamps
      • Baths
        • Admission was cheap enough for most people to use it daily
        • A place for people to meet for both pleasure and business
        • Provided the means for people to keep clean
          • The Roman government realised that
      • Clean water
        • Dirty water and disease were linked together
          • Aqueducts were made to carry clean water to towns and cities
            • The pipes were made of lead, so the water was actually midlytoxic
        • Sanitaton
          • Sewage systems were built to take away waste
            • This waste was dumped into rivers
            • When water supply was low, waste built up and disease was made more likely


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