The Black Death, Medieval Health, Horrid Hygiene, Revolting Illnesses and Worse Cures

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Historical Day Gallery , White House Cancer Support 7 May 2011
Bows, Blades & Battles Press


A presentation upon  medieval illness and disease with emphasis upon the causes, spread and effects of the Black Death.


Also includes:


Beliefs about the causes of illness


How illness was diagnosed in Medieval times using:


- Humoural theory (What the 4 humours were and how they influenced health and illness)

- Analysis of urine and blood.

-        Astrology and Numerology.


How Illnesses were treated:

- Purging

 -        Blood Letting

(with surgical instruments and live leeches)

-        Cauterizing

-  The use of medicinal herbs, spices and food

-        The role of astrology and numerology in healing

(complete with an early computer)

-        The role of the Church in healing 



Medieval Surgery with:


-        A huge display of museum-quality reproduction medieval surgical equipment

-        Demonstrations of how operations were carried out

The operations include:

-        Demonstrations of battle wound treatment (arrow wounds;  sword  and dagger wounds)

- Trepanning

-Treatment of the tooth worm and tooth pulling

- Amputation

(limbs, toes and fingers)

-        The anaesthetics used


-        Comparisons with medical diagnosis and treatment today.


The presentation is interactive with students actively encouraged to participate


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