Disease and Treatment in the Middle Ages Essay

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Disease and Treatment in the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages were tough times when it came to disease and medicine. There were numerous types of sickness and disease that flooded Europe during the Middle Ages. Not helping the situation, the medicinal knowledge of the people of Europe of the time was not up to par. Some of the diseases and illness that were running rampant during these times were pneumonia, leprosy, and the plague. The middle ages were a time of great suffering and death because of the abundant disease and lack of knowledge of the spread and treatments. Leprosy was one of the greatest concerns during the middle ages. Many people feared catching this disease, and those who had this disease were usually cast out. These
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The main symptom of pneumonic plague was to cough up blood. Many of these cases went unnoticed because most people who came into contact with this disease often died very quickly. However, the septicemic plague was the worst; and where the Black Plague gets it's name. Most all infected died due to the high fever and skin turning black (www.insecta-inspecta.com). One disturbing idea about the plague is the abundance of information that was gathered about it by numerous other people, and how they neglected to fuse their information together to search for a cure or treatment.
"The position of a medieval doctor faced with Black Death was that of certainty that the air surrounding the infected area is at fault. Because the Plague would attack a particular region, kill off everyone within it, and then move on to an adjacent region, the circulating and moving air was blamed for the deaths…Details of the symptoms were gathered by many in literary forms, yet surprisingly, nobody bothered to put together all the information and logically analyze the occurrences at hand."

This lack of knowledge about the Black Death did not just end there, the Middle Ages were a time of medical stupor and medical ignorance.
The knowledge, practices, and medical advances that had been made in the previous civilizations for some reason had no effect on the medical processes of the Middle Ages.
Most of the people in Middle Ages thought that sickness and

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