The medieval period is normally not associated with advances in technology, nor with contributions that benefit society. Yet, our medicine today owes much of its development to physicians of that time. Medicine of that era was strongly influenced by superstition and the doctrine of the Christian church, and did not have much foundation for practical application.
The need for medicine in Middle Ages was certainly great, considering the extreme amounts of plague and
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today would not be as sophisticated as it is without the early experimentation and progress made during the Middle Ages.
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