Thursday, 15 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 1 of 10)

At the beginning of the 16th century, life expectancy in Europe was much shorter that nowadays.

Typhus and tuberculosis were fairly common. Influenza and common colds were lethal for undernourished peasants plagued by vermin and lice. Large numbers of deaths took place every winter.

Medicine at that time was evolving from mysticism into science. Renaissance physicians took over the knowledge from ancient Greece and Rome, developed their own ideas, and began to experiment with new treatments.

The sale of curative herbs and potions was a booming business, although few of those remedies actually proved beneficial to patients.

To be continued in the next post.


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