The Middle Ages in Christian Europe - Disease And Infection

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    • Following Christian teachings, the Church set up a lot of hospitals, but only a few of these treated sick: most looked after the rich, the powerful, the elderly or lepers.
    • Only one hospital in ten actually cared for the sick. Even these hospitals only cared for the sick and did not find out better ways of treating disease
    • The Church taught that disease had a spiritual cause and so the monks and nuns who ran the hospitals were more concerned with the patients minds than their bodies. However, some did acquire great experience and knowledge of cures
    • Ordinary people used a mixture of good practical herbal cures, with spells and charms and magic, which had always been common

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