Medical Progress Made By The End Of The Renaissance

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Medical Progress Made By The End Of The Renaissance

What's the Renaissance? Well the Renaissance is a time of great
intellectual, scientific and cultural development, in our case we are
looking at The Medical Renaissance which was from 1500 - 1650 and in
this assessment we are going to look at diseases, treatments, doctors,
technology and new discoveries and by the end of this piece of
writing, I will have answered the question ' What Medical Progress Had
Been Made By The End Of The Renaissance?'

In the Medical Renaissance many people did not know what caused
disease. Most of what they believed in was basically what people also
believed about 350 years ago. This is because many people believed in
tradition. Although in tradition some things were right, like when
Galen proved that the brain controls the body and not the heart, it
could also be wrong some times, like when he said the jaw was made up
of 2 bones, but this didn't stop people sticking with Galen. In fact
many physicians studied for years all about Galen's discoveries. But
still people were getting ill. Other theories about what caused
disease were the Devil, because God was punishing them. Many believed
that the poisonous fumes and bad air, unbalanced humours and even the
Planet Alignments were to blame for illness.

The treatments for a lot of diseases were really based on what you
believed in. For example if you believed that God is punishing you,
all you would do too get well would be to pray. But some of them still
show signs of tradition, like bleeding and leeches this shows that
many people still believed in Hippocrates' theory of the four humours.
Many also believed in apothecaries being a bug treatment for disease.
Well why wouldn't they, apothecaries are the early form of the
chemist, if you lived in the 16th century and suddenly you heard that
to get better all you had to do was drink something instead of
bleeding or having leeches slithering all over you. But probably the
worst kind of treatment for illness or disease was amputation, without
anaesthetic. And that's all I have to say about that because those
words speak for them selves.

The Doctors and Healers that were around during that time were very
well educated and trained but compared to what we know today; they
were quite primitive. But in their day, they were modern. There were
two types of healers; they were licensed and unlicensed. The Licensed
healers were:

Physicians- These were well-trained doctors, they would study the
works of Galen and Hippocrates and train for 15years. They were first
class doctors. Many rich and important people would have their own

Surgeons - These were known as second-class doctors, this is because
surgery was only necessary if you needed an amputation. Surgeons
trained for years but almost...

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