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A lot of medical knowledge was actually lost in medieval times. Find out why in this video.

Medieval medical knowledge

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Key points

  • Ancient knowledge of the Greeks and Romans had been mostly lost in Europe. People were mostly dominated by the church and superstition.
  • The Roman physician Galen was the only text supported by the Church, and the Church forbade dissection and investigation of the human body.
  • University lectures on anatomy were still very basic, and new ideas were introduced based on a student's debating skills, not through scientific proof.
  • Many medieval doctors said disease was caused by demons, sin, bad smells, astrology, stagnant water and the Jews.

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