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

Was the Medical Renaissance an important period in medical history?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Was the Medical Renaissance an important period in medical history? This was an important period because of discoveries about anatomy. For the first time Andreas Vesalius challenged the views of Galen, rather than relying on animals Vesalius dissected actual human beings to show that Galen was wrong about many things. Galen had always had a strong backing from the church so no one wanted to go against him this is why medicine may well have been held up and also why the renaissance period was so important and meant big change in the world of medicine. There were also important discoveries about the way the body worked. ...read more.

Middle

The French doctor Abroise Pare made the main breakthrough in this area by discovering a new way of treating gunshot wounds through working as a doctor during the war. After running out of hot oil he was forced to try other methods, he made an ointment out of oil of roses, turpentine and egg yolk. This worked remarkably well and cause little pain to the victim. However, most treatments remained the same as they had done for centuries. These discoveries were very interesting and meant doctors knew a lot more about the human body, however they did not immediately lead on to new medicines etc. It was not until a while afterwards that the knowledge gained could be turned into reasons and cures of illness. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although all this progress had been made it was in the next centuries that this increased amount of knowledge could help doctors to develop medicines and cures that would directly help them to have better health and live longer. In conclusion the period between 1400 and 1750 was important because of the increase in knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This knowledge was invaluable to doctors and it was a time of great steps forward in understanding how the body works as people at last began to question Galen's beliefs that they had believed and in many cases had been wrong about for centuries. Although people were no healthier by the end of the Renaissance it was a very important era and laid the foundations for many breakthroughs that did extend people life and give them a better quality of life for future generations. ...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 Humans as Organisms 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 Humans as Organisms essays

  1. With reference to Vesalius, Harvey, and Pare, who made the biggest impact on medical ...

    But his discoveries turned out to be perfectly true, but very different from the old beliefs. Harvey also worked out that humans and mammals must reproduce with the joining of the egg and the sperm, as no other theory made sense.

  2. Should people with diabetes 2 receive medical treatment?

    Magnesium facilitates carbohydrate and protein metabolism, cell reproduction, and muscle action. Other major minerals include sodium, potassium, chlorine and sulphur. These minerals perform various functions from maintaining acid balance to digestive processing and carbohydrate metabolism and protein synthesis. Some trace minerals are considered "essential" such as iron, copper, fluorine, selenium and zinc.

  1. HSC Module-Blueprint of Life

    The gene for eye colour, and the brown allele or the blue allele. * Describe outcomes of monohybrid crosses involving simple dominance using Mendel's explanations: - Each characteristic is coded for by at least a pair of genes. - A monohybrid cross is where we are examine only one characteristic, like Mendel did with his pea plants.

  2. human physiology

    * Maxilla: This is the fusion of 2 bones in the upper jaw cavity * Mandible: this is the largest and strongest bone in the face. This forms the lower jaw * Clavicle: this is a long bone that makes up part of the shoulder blade * Ribs: the long curved bones which form the rib cage.

  1. Did Harvey contribute the most to medical knowledge in the Renaissance period?

    Harvey was the first person to actually put all of the information together and come up with a believable theory, there were presumably many other doctors at that time, attempting to discover the anatomy of the human body, though through his medical background (trained at the best universities), his unstoppably

  2. Was the Medical Renaissance An Important Period In Medical History.

    Also, the artists who provided the drawings for these books were allowed to be present at dissections meaning that they could produce detailed and accurate illustrations to accompany the written descriptions. There were also important discoveries about the way the body worked.

  1. Exercise Physiology.

    Two values are given when a person has their blood pressure taken. The average male is 120/80. The two values correspond to the systolic value and the diastolic value. The higher value is the systolic value and the lower is the diastolic.

  2. Who Contributed More to the Progress of Medicine Versalius, Pare, or Harvey?

    His book methods began a new era of progress in medicine. In addition, by increasing the understanding of anatomy he improved the understanding of how the body works, therefore this way future physicians such as Pare and Harvey had a greater understanding of the cause of disease and how it could be cured.

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