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In medieval medicine there were two different types of professions, doctors and apothecaries. The doctors believed that if someone’s humours [body liquids] were out of balance it would make them ill, so the cures were blood-letting [draining blood], or purging [giving people something to make them vomit or have diarrhoea]. If you had a headache… Read more
The plague of 1347-51 was an outbreak of two plagues: one carried by fleas, the other by breathing contaminated air. The latter was very rare. The main plague was carried by fleas on rats and called the bubonic plague. According to Chinese sources, this disease probably came from Mongolia, where there was an outbreak in… Read more
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