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In the Millers Tale Geoffrey Chaucer depicts the parish priest assistant Absolon and his sexual interests in Allison the millers daughter In addition to his religious duties he also had obligations in hair cutting He could laten blood shave and clippe This latter term fives rise to the medical treatment bleeding which was performed by most barbers of that eraAfter the disappearance of medicine during the Dark Ages a new knowledge surfaced throughout the medical community During these times there were a great many scientific breakthroughs The findings of William Harvey proved that blood traveled through veins away from the heart Claudius Galen a renowned physician and philosopher succeeded in explaining the function of nerves brain structures and some physiological tendencies of the body However he also contributed to the hindrance of medical advancement He performed dissections on the human body to better his understanding as a physician His only knowledge of the human anatomy was from that of animals therefore the public or medical community did not accept his studies His incompetence slowed medical process for along time thus hie teaching were politely shoved aside so that physicians could search for a scientific basis for medical knowledge This new direction of medical practices still held onto some of the old medieval ways Other than cutting hair barbers were surgeons attending to small wounds doing minor surgery and bleeding People believed that bloodletting could aside in many diseases though it resulted only in the rapid spread of deaths among people with potential to recoverThis renaissance uncovered many discoveries that lead to the use of modern medicine such as the stethoscope the digestive system serums antitoxins and even hypnosis The ways in medieval times initiated some of the greatest medical advances in the world though todays society would probably be more accepting to surgeons acting as barbers on the side and NOT vice versaBibliographyThe Roots of modern medicine httpnoonyidelickpvtk12causLickcoursesintroh2medmedm1htmlThe Roots of Roman Medicine httpnoontidelickpvtk12causLickcoursesintroh2medmedr1html
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