The Teachings Of Surgery And Dissection

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The Teachings Of Surgery And Dissection

From: Article: Misconceptions about Medieval Medicine: Humors, Leeches, Charms, and Prayers, by Michael Livingston

Anatomy and Physiology in the Middle Ages

The Icky Details Taught By Dissection:

Dissection taught people a lot of details about the human body back then, it taught many physicians and doctors about how the human body works. Dissection has taught people about the circulatory system and how it works or other interesting facts on the body. Because of dissection, some illnesses were proved that were caused by some other factors besides the belief sins or spirits.

When Did People Perform Dissection?

The only way someone could perform surgery was by cutting open a dead animal or cutting open a person after they have died with the permission of church officials so that dissection is not breaking any religious laws. Back then dissection was “considered” illegal to many different kingdoms and very few allowed dissection. So most of the time, dissection was done undercover and isolated from others (only a few physicians or surgeons would take part in this procedure.)

Teachings Of Surgery:

In the middle ages, surgery was considered the last resort cure-all for any disease or illness. Unfortunately surgery was always guaranteed to save someone’s life, in fact it often killed people rather than saving them. However because of failures and mistrials due to surgery, it kept on evolving because many surgeons developed new and safer alternatives that were much more successful than some of the more primitive operations.

Even though surgery was dangerous at the time, it did teach people back then about how to cure/manage some physical disabilities, for example to help a person with a permanently disabled leg just amputate it by cutting if off and wrapping it in bandages, or extracting broken arrow heads out of wounded soldiers with minimal pain.

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