Explain why there was little progress in medicine during the Medieval period

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Explain why there was little progress in medicine during the Medieval period
1 The Church and religion
1.1 The Church let people believed that if they had a disease that God gave it to them as karma for their sins.
1.1.1 People then became Flagellants, these were people who went round whipping themselves so God will forgive them for their sins and cure them of their illnesses. This made people worse as they cut themselves by the whipping. These cuts them got infected which then made them die of infection which hasn't been sorted out. Meaning there was little progress as the church let people believe God gave them diseases.
1.2 The Church ran the libraries.
1.2.1 This meant that they controlled who read the books and learn about the teachings of Galen and Hippocrates. Only 1% of the population could read and write, this was due to the Church controlling who could learn. The Church also made it so the monks were the ones that wrote the books. They wrote the books by hand meaning it would take months to complete a book. Therefore slowing down the process of learning about medicine.
2 The King
2.1 The King went along with what the church was saying.
2.1.1 No one else came up with other ideas about how people got illnesses and how they was cured so he had to go along with it. Because the King believed it other people did. They though that the King was Gods representative so they had to follow what he believed. Because the King wouldn't change his mind neither did anyone else.
2.2 The King made it so that if anyone went against the ideas of Galen and Hippocrates then they would be imprisoned.
2.2.1 Rodger Bacon disagreed with Hippocrates and Galen and he was imprisoned for the rest of his life. This stopped Galen's and Hippocrates' idea being developed and getting cures.
3 Public Health
3.1 The Hospitals
3.1.1 The Hospitals were set up in churches and were run by the church and monks. They didn't give any medicinal treatment, it was all prayers and herbal remedies. All these beds were packed next to each other so diseases were easily spread. The workers in the hospital then also caught the diseases and died. This meant that as doctors were working on the patients they caught the diseases and died so they couldn't record what they found out.,
3.2 Miasma
3.2.1 Some people believed that the bad smells were what caused the diseases. In the streets there would be everyone's waste in piles in the middle of the streets and people though that the bad smells were what gave them diseases. The germs would spread creating diseases but no one knew this as they hadn't discovered germs. Therefore slowing down the progress of medicine in the medieval period.
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