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Prehistoric medicine

Lack of information, no written records
Believed in supernatural illness
Uses natural cures
Spirits are the way of life for these people, they do not own anything


How did the Egyptians way of life help them to develop medical idea?

The Egyptian way of life…

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Galen carried on the four humours and expanded on it and told people how the body

Middle ages

Roman civilisation was completely ruined

People believed diseases were caused by:

Spirits and magic
God sent diseases


Magical cures
Herbal remedies
Pray to god

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What did they think caused it?

Jews, cripple, poison water, poison air, planets, filth lying on the streets and bad vapour


Feature of the renaissance

Religion-church still powerful but people were prepared to criticise its ideas
Individuals-Harvey, Pare and Andreas Vesalius made big contribution to medicine

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William Harvey-the circulation of the blood

Book-"anatomotical account of the motion of the heart and blood in anatomy"


Discovery He discovered that blood flowed around the
body one way.

He showed blood was carried way from the
arteries and returned to the heart by the


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1850-florence nightingale developed new attitudes towards health and cleanliness
1854-edwind Chadwick and john snow realise there was a link between dirt and Disease
1861-Louis Pasteur discovered germs
1861- Joseph Lister discovered antiseptics

Names What did they do? Why is this person important
in history of medicine

Lister Discovered…

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Snow Proved cholera was caused to provide clean water and
by infected water. have medical officers.

Women in medicine

Ancient Egypt- Allowed becoming healing priest, an untrained nurse. They are allowed to be healers
and to be a lady overseer of lady physicians

Ancient Greece -Greek doctors don't…


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