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It is said that An apple a day keeps the dentist away This has become a common saying among Society today We do not stop to think of how it reflects our outlook of Medicine in our lives We have come to understand the value of simple practices in order to keep ourselves healthy This is not however the case of Medieval England Most medical practices of the time were based upon superstition ancient texts myth or the direction of the church Medical practices of Medieval England often based upon nothing more than superstition proved unbeneficial if not harmful to the people of England Part of the obvious problem was the fact that the common person had little care or sense for improving their own health The life and livelihood of an average person was less 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 in childhood but others who grew into manhood might drag out a useless exist- ance dependent on charity for their sustenance In general infant mortality was extremely heavyOnce the child was free to crawl about among the unsanitary 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 virtually non-existent Tomkeieff 119 Furthermore 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
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