Medicine - Medieval public health

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Medieval public health

  • As Britain separated, most people moved back to the countryside
  • Towns began to decay, as did public health systems
  • No one had the power or funding to build or maintain public health facilities
  • When towns grew in later Middle Ages, so did the problems with public health

Poor hygiene

  • People knew about the link between dirt and disease, but not how to solve it
  • Rubbish, dead animals and excrement were not removed from the streets
  • Water from rivers were contaminated with dumped sewage and rubbish
  • Latrines (toilets) were located above rivers or streams
  • Because of this, most people drank ale

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