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did the church help or hinder medicine in the medieval times?

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Did the church help or hinder the development of medicine in the medieval period?? Firstly the church helped medicine because a hospital was built inside it called The Hotel Dieu in Paris.Although this was not a typical hospital, the Kings doctors worked there. It opened in 1452 and the main hall measured 72metres by 14metres. Source 11 The church also helped medicine in the medieval period because it cared for the sick. They believed that they must care for the sick as Christ would. And you would have to bear patiently with them as in this way you would gain greater merit [with God]. It would also be thechief concern of the Abbot that the sick shall not be neglected at any single point.The church helped buildup medical knowledge aswell because by the 1300s the church had set up universities where doctors could be trained. ...read more.

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Usually he just touched someone to heal them. In the Middle Ages the Church promised that Jesus and the saints could still heal people: CONDITION NUMBER OF HEALINGS Blindness 5 Deafness 1 Dumbness 1 Epilepsy 1 Leprosy 2 Crippled Hand 1 Paralysis 2 Swollen legs 1 Bleeding 1 Death 3 Unspecified 4 Evil spirits 9 Another supernatural cause which hindered medicine was to; "Write these words on the jaw of the patient. 'In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Amen + Res + Pax + Nax + In Christo Fillio.' then they thought the pain would cease at once. Another supernatural cause was that the King would cure scrofula (a disease of the skin) by laying his hand upon the diseased man. The church again hindered medicine in the medieval period by holding back new knowledge. ...read more.

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Source 6 The pope and his bishops were afraid that new ideas would challenge the power of the church. Every new idea was checked to make sure it did not challenge the Bible. Source 9 The christian chuech taught that it was part of people's religious duty to care for the sick but it was not until the 1100s that it actually took many practical measures to encourage this teaching. You have already seen that in the eleventh century the church started to open up medical schools where the ideas of Galen were taught. It also began to set up hospitals set upby nuns and monks. These were not hospitals as we would understand them today. Nearly 1200 places called hospitals have been identified in medieval England and Wales but only 10 per cent of them actually cared for the sick. The others were called hospitals because they provided hospitality for visitors. So overall i think that the church HINDERED medicine in the medieval period. By Natasha Hailey Mr Williams History ...read more.

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