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The Developments in Medicine in the Renaissance

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked 1. Briefly describe the main developments in the Medical Renaissance One development was that Harvey discovered blood was pumped around the body by the heart and it was the same blood being pumped rather than new blood created by the liver. Also, Vesalius discovered there was 1 jaw bone instead of 2 and there were 5 breast bones instead of 7. Pare also made developments as he developed false limps, ligatures and discovered a new method of cauterising wounds - he used egg yolk, honey, oil of roses and turpentine. 1. Explain why the work of Paré is important in the history of surgery Paré’s discoveries of herbal remedies impacted the future because Paré questioned Galen’s ideas and theories inspiring others to also question Galen and look for more natural and different ideas. ...read more.


‘Great individuals were more important than other factors in the development of medicine during the Medical Renaissance.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer Individuals such as Harvey, Paré and Vesalius were important in the development in medicine during the medical renaissance, however there are factors that also play a role in the development of medicine. Doctors like Vesalius had their input in the development of medicine. Vesalius tested Galens theories to see if they were right, this was difficult at the time because it was against the law to dissect human bodies and therefore Vesalius had to go against the law. This shows that great individuals were more important because it was there enquiring attitudes and ambition that led to many discoveries. ...read more.


It was chance that led to Paré gunshot treatment, because he may never have come up with it if it was not for the boiling oil running out. Also, Harvey’s discovery was influenced by the water pump - although he did make the link, the technology around at the time of the Renaissance helped Harvey make his discovery. It was also the technology that allowed the doctors to print multiple copies of their books and to spread their ideas, that found their way to other doctors who then developed the ideas. Without technology, there would be little communication that helped Harvey as he gained ideas from the knowledge of other doctors. There are some factors such as chance and technology that helped the great individuals of the Medical Renaissance, but ultimately it was the individuals themselves that led to the discoveries, therefore it is the individuals who are more important in the development of medicine during the Medical Renaissance. ...read more.

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