Health in the Middle Ages

             Health: During the middle ages, there was a great increase in population which led increased disease, and a great desire for the ability to cure them. Although medical treatment was mainly given to the wealthy, it was still considered an important study. There were many herbal and natural ways to get rid of illness. Some of these included herbal and natural remedies such as urine, earthworms, and animal excrement. They believed that every natural substance included a spirit within. After the treatment was provided, many “physicians” made unfounded hypothesis without testing. One of the most common methods of treatment was called bloodletting. The medieval person believed that draining some of the body’s blood would diminish the bad humours or fluids. Humours are the body fluids that supposedly affected your body and spirits. Often as a last resort, surgery was given to a patient. Of course, this was done without anesthesia and was painful and unhygienic.
             Houses: Homes in the middle ages were damp, cold and dark. Often, the temperature inside was less than the temperature outside. These houses usually had one or two rooms in which the family did most of their living. They were unsanitary and were easily susceptible to home invasion. The windows were small and were wooden thatched. These rules, however, did not apply to the noble and wealthy merchant class. Their homes were more elaborate, and were most often higher up than the poor, allowing their “wastes” to roll down the hill. The kitchens of the poor folk consisted of a stone hearth in the center of the room.

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