History - Medicine Through Time c.1215-1665


Hippocrates was a physician from Ancient Greece and came up with the idea of the 4 Humours which are blood, black bile, yellow bile and phlegm. 

Galen was a Roman physician and he created the Theory of Opposites which was building on Hippocrates' work. The Church promoted his workas his ideas fitted their teachings. 

Until the 1500s there was only one religious organisation in Europe - the Christian Church lead by the Pope in Rome.

The Church controlled eductaion.

The Hospitals were mainly run by the Church and the monks and nuns working in them had little to no real medical training. They mainly cared for older people and only provided warmth, food and prayer, very rarely admitting the sick.

Women were allowed to qualify as surgeons but they were not allowed to…


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