Continuity and changes in medicine during the renaissance

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  • Even educated people from Universities still believed in Hippocratic theories; that illness was cause due to an imbalance of the four humours.
  • They still used uroscopy.
  • People were reluctant to accept Harvey’s ideas as this would mean Galen was wrong. Therefore they still followed his teaching.
  • Cost of employment meant that regulations and rules to combat illness could not be followed effectively. I.e. frequent outbreaks of plague after 1348.
  • There were still “Quacks” people trying to exploit others by claiming to have cures for illnesses.
  • Galen and Islamic doctor Ibn Sina theories were still read amongst many people, and still believed to be true.
  • There



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