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It is said that An apple a day keeps the dentist away This has become a common sayingamong Society today We do not stop to think of how it reflects our outlook of Medicinein our lives We have come to understand the value of simple practices in order to keepourselves healthy This is not however the case of Medieval England Most medicalpractices of the time were based upon superstition ancient texts myth or the directionof the church Medical practices of Medieval England often based upon nothing morethan superstition proved unbeneficial if not harmful to the people of EnglandPart of the obvious problem was the fact that the common person had little care orsense for improving their own health The life and livelihood of an average person wasless than desirable even from the time of birth In the villages chronic inbreeding must have produced many children who star-ted life with a built in weakness either mental or physical Many would die inchildhood but others who grew into manhood might drag out a useless exist-ance dependent on charity for their sustenance In general infant mortalitywas extremely heavyOnce the child was free to crawl about among theunsanitary rushes with a childs natural instinct to put everything into its mouth it is a wonder that any survived Fromt then on disease and acci-dent would provide ample scope for a medical service which was virtuallynon-existent Tomkeieff 119Furthermore the collective knowledge what little there was was held and practiced by Monks in Monasteries In summary of medical practice to the end of 1400 it may be said medicine was practiced mostly by the clerics in monasteries and the laity whose locus of operation was the apothecary shop The physician thought surgery was beneath his dignity to have blood on his hands and clothes and left this to uneducated barbers The practitioner carried the title Master whereas teachers carried the title Doctor The physician was little advanced over the knowledge of Galens
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