Medicine - Medieval Medicine

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Hospitals

  • Hospitals cared for the sick rather than cured them
  • Their main focus was religion, and many hospitals were run by religious orders
  • Usually, people with infectious diseases or incurable conditions were not admitted
  • Some hospitals were built for specific injectious disease (such as leper houses or lazars, which provided care and prevented infection spreading)
  • 14th centuryAlmshouses for the "deserving" poor and elderly began to appear

Doctors

  • Roman administration end - towns, wealth and numbers of doctors decreased
  • Over time some monasteries became centres of learning, where formal medical training began
  • It took 10 years to qualify and was very expensive
  • 12th century - separate medical training had developed based on

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