Medicine - Medicine in Roman Britain

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Roman ideas and society

  • Major improvements in public health due to government-funded projects
  • Many different cultures and ideas from across the Empire spread to Britain - including the use of different herbal remedies
  • Many Greeks, including doctors, came to live and work in the Empire, bringing Greek ideas about medicine with them
  • Towns and cities grew - infection and diseases spreading more easily

The army

  • Forts usually contained well equipped hospitals that treated injured soldiers.
  • The hospitals provided training for surgeons and physicians. Few were open to the public so they would not have had an impact on the


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