Medieval Public Health

Key points about Public Health in Medieval Times.

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Medieval Public Health- Key Points.

  • Medieval people knew the connection between cleanliness and good health.
  • Medieval towns didn't have water pipes or sewers. Waste was thrown into the streets.
  • Monastries developed systems such as clean running water, wash rooms and sewers.
  • People recognised that having a room next to a privy (toilet) was unhealthy/ unclean and so they paid 'gongfermers' to clear out the cess pits.
  • During the plague, towns developed quarantine laws and boarded up the houses of infected people.
  • The first hospitals since Roman times were built.
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