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Was the Medical Renaissance An Important Period In Medical History.

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Was the Medical Renaissance An Important Period In Medical History The Renaissance period was an important time in the progress of medical history. Historians consider that the Middle Ages came to an end when many new and important ideas swept through Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This new period was then known ad the Renaissance. Many people of the time believed that great progress was being made in many fields because the love of knowledge had been re-born. The Renaissance was an important period because discoveries about anatomy were being made. This was a period of time in which many dramatic changes were taking place in the study of anatomy. The single most important figure in this great change is known by his Latin name, Vesalius. Vesalius was lucky enough to have received an excellent medical education and by the time he became a professor at the great Italian medical university, he was only twenty-three years of age. ...read more.


returns to the heart via the veins (he had got this idea of the heart acting as a pump from observing the use of a fire pump). Not only was this an important discovery, but the way Harvey approached the problem showed how new the knowledge about the body could be gained through experimentation and careful observation. He followed a scientific method to make his discovery using cold-blooded animals and iron rods. Harvey disapproved of Galen's ideas on blood. Galen believed that the liver produced blood and that the body used up blood the same way as a fire would use up firewood. During this period of time, the church was not as powerful as it had previously been, and ideas of Galen could openly be questioned. This was also a time when surgeons began to use more successful methods. The greatest figure in the development of Renaissance surgery was the French man, Ambroise Pare. ...read more.


H e had to find an alternative. He had to mix together egg yolks, oil of rose and turpentine. He took a chance in using this ointment and it actually worked. It relieved swelling and infection and left the patient with hardly any pain. Pare, unlike many others, had support from the King. The King supported him and gave him all he needed to continue his work. This was important because the Faculty of Physicians were opposed to some of his ideas. However, most treatments remained the same as they had done for many centuries. For instance, blood letting was still used, even by Harvey after he had discovered the circulation of the blood and did not think that this was the best thing to do. He feared that this may have shortened peoples' lives but it was seen as a thing that had to be done at the time. Things such as laxatives had been used since times as far back as the ancient Egyptians, and are still used today. This shows that the medical progress from many centuries ago was critical for the medical knowledge that we have today. ...read more.

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