Treatments available for ill people during the Middle Ages

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  • Treatments available for ill people during the Middle Ages
    • House wife physican
      • Use traditional methods (remedies) for sore throats, stomach aches and temperature
      • would also be able to deal with broken bones and childbirth
      • remedies based on charms and spells
    • Apothecary
      • Trained but had no medical qualifications.
    • The barber surgeon
      • Practices lots of blood letting; can also pull out rotten teeth and lance boils
      • Can even have a go at some basil surgery, such as cutting out bladder stones or amputating limbs
      • no anesthetics and low success rate
      • not trained and not respected by trained physicans
    • Trained Physician
      • Trained at medical school and passed exams.
      • Diagnosed people using urine chart and astrological information
      • Will be male, women would be very rare
      • Will not do blood letting themselves, direct you to a barber - surgeon
      • Can be expensive, you pay for each visit
      • Follows work of Galen
    • Prayer and pilgrimage
      • many people would go on pilgrimage to a holy shrine in the hope that they could be cured of an illness
    • Hospital
      • Was nothing like a modern hospital, usually part of a monastery or convent because Christian views included caring for others.


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