This is an essay about medeival medicine

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In medieval times, if the person had a broken arm, the physician would tie chives around the limb in hopes that this would take away the pain, or if a patient came in with pneumonia, the herbalist might give them some flat-leaved parsley to eat.1 Today, if someone were to go to a physician who prescribed those treatments, they would either laugh or file a complaint, because they know that those cures are ridicules and would never work. The truth: these odd ways to alleviate pain and suffering would not work, which means they should never have been used on the patients. If surgery had never happened in medieval times, then perhaps there would not have been as many deaths, and if doctors allowed room expand their knowledge of medical theories, then people could have had the right cures for their illness. Lastly, if medical practitioners had been educated, then people might have had better lives; lives not filled with pain and suffering due to different health conditions.

Overall, people who lived in the medieval era would have been better off without the medical care they received because of the lack of education, terrible surgical conditions and need for better methods of diagnosis.

During Medieval times, surgery was a very risky procedure. Since surgery involved many risks, and all held a very high death rate, it was performed only as a last resort. After each surgery, the surgeons not only did not wash their hands, but also they did not wash their surgical tools. 2 Because of these unsanitary conditions, the risk of contracting infection while having surgery was very immense, so people did not want to undergo that pain.3 This made people dislike surgery because they did not want to contract any more infections which would cause further health...