Doctors were one of the minor guilds in
the middle ages, Without any medical
professionals in a town, people who were ill would
have to travel to the nearest town that did have a doctor’s guild, and
sometimes that would take quite a long time. Medieval medicine was based on the thought that the human body is built
on four basic humors. These humors were yellow bile, black bile, blood, and phlegm. When these four humors were in balance,
that particular human was considered healthy. When these humors were not in balance, that
particular human was considered ill.
In the picture above, an ill person is getting blood drawn from them. In the right picture, puzzled doctors gather around a sick patient. The church played a role in medicine, so some of the treatments use for illnesses were based on supernatural or religious beliefs.
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