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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