The Romans - Disease and Infection

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    • After the conquest of Grease in the third century, medical knowledge began to increase rapidly
      • Many early treatments used by the Romans were of little value. they believed that tortoise blood could be used to cleanse the mouth and that crocodile dung had medical properties.
        • Galen was the most important figure. he was born 120 AD in Grease. he worked in  Alexandria in Egypt, before coming to Rome. He took up the theory of the four humours, he wrote over 60 books and was the most famous of the Roman world
    • He developed a system of treatments by opposites; treating imbalance in the four humours by giving something opposite to the humour that was in excess. He was also important in the development of surgery.


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