Renaissance Medicine and Treatment.


The Renaissance had a limited impact on the understanding and treatment of illnesses.

Even though many discoveries from Versailius were made about anatomy, such as muscles, nerves and organ, he did not go into disease. He made treatments for bones easier, as he realised the sternum was made of 3 parts, not 7, and the jaw only 1. This meant that if broken, being set was easier. However, this didn't help the cause of diseases and sickness, and prevention wasn't achieved either.

The same thing goes for William Harvey. He made a lot of progress with blood, how it is produced by the liver and realted things such as a theory about capillaries (even though there was no proof at the time due to a limited range of technology). Yet again these discoveries didn't help the prevention of illnesses, as some discoveries still weren't fully understood


He dissected bodies to prove things suchas he jaw being made up of one bone. This counteracted the previous views of Galen that involved dissecting animals suchas monkeys, and dogs to find out about human anatomy. He published 'the fabric of the human body' that inspired others to go out and discover things for themselves. The church found dissection wrong, and therefore would not publish his book, so thanks to the printing press, he managed to publish his ideas for the public.

William Harvey

William havery ventured into the realms of circulation. He proved…


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