Medicine - Continuity c43 to c1350

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Hippocrates

  • His ideas and books were very influential in Roman Times and beyond
  • He dismissed the idea that gods caused disease - he believed there was a physical reason for illness, of which needed a physical cure
  • Most of his treatments were based on diet, exercise and rest but he also used bleeding and purging to get rid of excess humours
  • He wrote the Hippocratic Oath, :doctors swore to respect life and prevent harm
  • Method of clinical observation - studying symptoms, making notes, comparing with similar cases, diagnosing and treating - the basis of the approach used today

Galen

  • He was a Greek doctor who worked in Rome in the 2nd century AD. He wrote many

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