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

Religion was a Hindrance to the Development of Medicine in the Middle Ages

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Religion was a Hindrance to the Development of Medicine in the Middle Ages I partially agree with this statement because religion both hindered and help the development of medicine in the Middle Ages. Christianity and Islam belief both played a part during this time. There were many factors in which Religion helped the development of medicine. Christians and Islam's both believe that there is only one God and unlike the Greeks and the Romans who worshiped many gods and icons, they only worship one God. This was also the belief of Galen so both religions picked up his ideas and helped the development of medicine. Within both religions, medical books of Hippocrates and Galen were translated. Christians translated the work into Latin and the clergy read in Latin so they were able to understand the writings and keep alive the ideas of Galen in particular. ...read more.

Middle

Christians used charms for good luck and believed in herbs in the same way the Islam faith did. The Islam's developed herbal drugs such as laudanum, senna, musk, benzoin and Camphor. Both religions were able to do this because of the churches influence in opening universities and libraries with many medical books where people could study. This was the first in Christianity had people been able to start studying medicine since the fall of the Roman Empire. The Islam's even had to have certain qualifications before they could become doctors so that they new what they were doing. Religion was able to help the development of medicine. The Christian church did not have a total ban on human dissection but it was limited. But this did mean that people studying medicine in the church backed universities were able to study the human anatomy in a more detailed way than Galen and where religion had stopped Galen from the dissection religion was now able to help the development. ...read more.

Conclusion

The Islam's were unable to perform dissections due to religion, which couldn't enhance anatomy study, and the Islam's could find proof to prove Galen wrong. They also believed in the one God like the Christians and Galen. Here religion was no help to the development of medicine. Up until 1200AD, the Christian church had very little to do with the development and certainly did not push it forward. Until then there was very little education and doctors to treat the sick. This shows that Religion hindered the development of Medicine. So as you can see there are many factors of religion that both helped and hindered the development of medicine. I think that the statement is correct in that Religion was a hindrance to the development of medicine during the Middle Ages but it is wrong in that Religion also helped the developments. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sara Moore 11GKY 01/05/2007 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Behavioural Science 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 University Degree Behavioural Science essays

  1. How does attachment influence the social and emotional development of the child? In your ...

    In order for the child to develop, they need to receive love and attention from the caregiver. Rene Spitz, an American psychoanalyst did a study on children raised in a poor orphanage in South America. The orphanage was understaffed and the staff were overworked.

  2. Critically discuss the theoretical explanations put forward to explain alcohol dependence and discuss the ...

    This identifies the situation before any change process occurs. The next stage "contemplation" needs the individual to comprehend the current situation and realise the need to, and method of, change. This stage may have an element of urgency and may be precipitated by a crisis situation. (Ogden, 2004) Following contemplation comes "preparation to change" this may be seen to

  1. Why do people drink alcohol

    Some partners believe them and hope they will change if they stop drinking. Drug and alcohol abuse by parents can have a serious effect on their children. "70% of children taken into care have parents who are suspected of substance abuse."

  2. "Describe the developments of Medicine Through Time"

    One of the more famous explanations for disease and illness put forward was "the Four Humours" theory, based on people studying the world around them and deciding that it was made up of four elements. It was actually quite a simple theory which shows progression because people are trying to

  1. History and development of Western medicine.

    This put an end to medical learning and experimentation. False treatments like charms and amulets, superstition and demons were used again to diagnose and heal. Nevertheless, 'professional' medical practice, such as it was, was the domain of the monks. Nuns in the convents were allowed to practice medicine as 'nurses',

  2. Alternative Medicine, also called unconventional medicine, therapeutic practices, techniques, and beliefs that are outside ...

    Eventually, patients may learn to control symptoms without the use of the monitoring device. Naturopathy was founded in the beginning of the 20th century by a group of therapists who were followers of Sebastian Kneipp, a 19th-century proponent of the healing powers of nature.

  1. Religion was a hindrance to the development of medicine in the Middle Ages. - ...

    They would not allow people to question his ideas. They were also against people charging for medical treatment, as it was part of their duty as Christians. This hindered the development of medicine as there were no new ideas but only old ones were kept alive (and some of these theories were incorrect).

  2. Medieval Medicine

    This could be done in three ways. Opening of a vein, which often lead to the patient bleeding to death; Cupping, which was just piercing the skin and collecting a small amount of blood in a cup; or the use of Leeches.

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