• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How far did the Church have a positive role in medicine during the period 1350-1500AD?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐The church definitely aided in the progression of medicine; one way, was by building the first hospital, named Hotel Dieu, in Paris, France. It was one of the first hospitals for the ill, as there were hospitals before that, however, just for wounded soldiers. The nurses and doctors, who worked there, were nuns and monks. Another way that the church helped advancements in medicine was through universities. The monasteries and convents had libraries that preserved many books and some became centres for learning. Some then grew into universities and offered training in the ?Arts?, which included the study of rhetoric, geometry, astronomy and music. ...read more.


The fact that the church acknowledged Galen?s ideas meant that the public, who were very influenced by the church, believed in Galen?s ideas. The church also had a negative impact on medicine, as the dissection of humans was limited to one dissection per medical school year; the people that were used for the dissections were criminals. This resulted in many theories and ideas made by physicians in Rome, about the human body, to be wrong, as they were forced to dissect animals to gain knowledge about anatomy. However, in Alexandria, Egypt, doctors in medical training were allowed to dissect human bodies and therefore many aspiring doctors were attracted to this region. ...read more.


This halted the study of illness. An additional way that the church had a negative impact on medicine was by not allowing anyone to question the ideas of Galen. Many of Galen?s ideas were ascertained by looking at the bodies of animals, such as the Barbary Ape, this animal is one of human?s closest ancestors, however human anatomy is still different, and therefore his discoveries of where the organs were positioned and what there uses were; were incorrect. When physicians, such as Paracelsus challenged Galen, the church did not recognise their research on human anatomy as they were challenging the ideas of a ?Christian-man? against theirs of a scientific perspective. How far did the church have a positive role in medicine during the period 1350-1500AD? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Death and Curse of Tutankhamun

    within a decade; which leave sixteen others who survived more than a decade. (Discovery Channel, 2001) Is this statistic strong enough to conclude that a curse does exist? The evidence of an existence of a curse is very limited and deduced; the only strong evidence is how Carnarvon died within weeks of the opening of the tomb.

  2. From where did Elizabeth face the greatest challenge to her aims in the framing ...

    were passed after 'stormy debate'9 However, Haigh argues that Haigh that the strong faction within parliament and court was puritan although this term was not actually in use at the time. He points to the 900 Marian exiles, many of whom returned in 1558.

  1. Development of Medicine

    Many surgeon's of the late 18th and early 19th centuries suggested giving up trying to prevent pain during operations. Although ancient doctors knew of a few plant substances, such as dark sap or "tears" from the opium poppy, that would dull pain, these were not useful due to the high risk of death if the dose was too high.

  2. History of Medicine Revision Notes.

    all religions and so his work was spread ? PROGRESS MADE 1. He wrote powerfully[n] in his books and dealt with any objections 1. He provided a complete theory of medicine (i.e. anatomy, diagnosis, treatment, surgery and physiology) 1. He followed the Hippocratic laws but took it a step further

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work