- Created by: Kasia.kuczaj
- Created on: 28-11-19 21:25
Limitations of medieval surgery
Medieval surgery was a risky business for the patient because surgeons...
- had no idea that dirt carried disease
- operated without effective painkillers
- could not help patients with deep wounds to the body
- sometimes thought pus in a wound was good.
Medieval surgical procedures:
- Bloodletting - frequently to balance the humours
- Amputation - cutting off a painful or damaged part of the body
- Trepanning - drilling a hole in the skull to "let the demon out" eg for epilepsy
- Cauterisation - burning a wound to stop the flow of blood using heated iron
- Natural anaesthetics - mandrake root, opium and hemlock (too much kills patient)
- 786-809 - Reign of the Caliph Huran Al Rashid: Bagdhad became a centre for translation of Greek manuscripts into Arabic.
- 805 - Al-Rashid sets up hospital with medical school and library
- 813-33 - Reign of Caliph al- Mamum…