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Change and continuity in medicine, from Roman Britain to c1350
Roman Britain Early Middle Ages Late Middle Ages c1350­1500
1st century CE­410 c410 CE­c1350
Ideas about Religious causes e.g. a
the cause of punishment from God.
disease
Superstitious causes, e.g.
astrology

`Natural' causes e.g. miasma

Ideas about Religious acts to…

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Ideas about
prevention of Prayers and religious acts
disease
Lucky charms

Quarantine




Roman Britain Early Middle Ages Late Middle Ages c1350­1500
1st century CE­410 c410 CE­c1350
Public Health Water conduits, public baths, Public stewes
sewers, public latrines, forts,
Town council regulations to improve
hygiene

Attempts to provide clean water for…

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Relied on work of Galen

Role of Provided funding and Role of government declined after Limited role in encouraging towns to
government organisation for good standard Roman withdrawal improve cleanliness
of public health provision

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Roman Britain Early Middle Ages Late Middle Ages c1350­1500
1st century CE­410 c410 CE­c1350
Education and No formal training for physiciansCommunication disrupted by war
Training
Knowledge preserved by the Church

Medical schools and universities set
up c1100 and Ars Medicinae course
developed

Training based on works of Galen
and controlled…

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