November 6, 2013
Diseases and Medicine during the Medieval Ages
During the Medieval time period, deaths from diseases were common and widespread. The impact throughout Europe impacted the economy and family matters. Some took the initiative to find cures and care for the sick. New advances in medicine was common but still unable to cure all of the sick Many of these diseases could have been prevented with proper hygienic, something as uncommon and not thought out back in the middle Ages. People of that time period also overlooked simple solutions, which could have potentially saved millions of lives.
The Black Death was one of the most devastating plagues that world has ever seen. The plague swept through Europe in the years 1347 to 1351 killing around twenty-five million people, almost a third of Europe’s population. Originally brought by twelve Genoese trading ships. People on the docks noticed that most of the sailors were dead, those who were still alive were extremely ill. They also noticed black boils that contained blood and pus. Immediately after the arrival of the ships they were
sent out as the townspeople were worried about diseases. The ships were not stationed more than a few hours before townspeople started catching the soon to become plague. When the plague began to infest France, King Phillip VI got together with the Paris College of Physicians, one of the most prestigious schools at the time, to find the reason why this was happening. The physicians concluded that the reason that this was happening was because of a conjunction of the planets Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter; and even that occurred on March 20, 1345. They believed that Jupiter soaked up Earth’s “evil” vapors and Mars had ignited the vapors, which created a “fog of death.” Some people believed this report while others rejected the idea and set off to do what they believed would save them.
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