Middle Ages
Health in the Middle Ages

Health in the Middle Ages
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     challenging words:    bile, fearsome, further, phlegm, incision, medieval, bodily, leprosy, townspeople, society, cutting, dental, isolate, wealthy, supplied, poultice
     content words:    Middle Ages

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Health in the Middle Ages
By Sharon Fabian

1     When we are sick, we go to the doctor. There we can depend on getting medical care that is based on knowledge from a good medical school. In medieval Europe, people weren't so lucky.
2     Many people never saw a doctor. There were very few doctors in Europe during the Middle Ages, and only the wealthy could afford their services. Even these wealthy people often did not get the best of care, since medieval doctors often did not have much medical training. Some wealthy people sought out medical care from doctors who were educated further east, in Asia, where centers of higher education were thriving.
3     Medieval peasants and townspeople were often treated for illnesses by members of their own family or by barber-surgeons. Others bought remedies from apothecaries, shops that sold ingredients for medicines to both doctors and everyday people.
4     Women in the Middle Ages grew herbs in their gardens and used them to treat many illnesses and injuries. Herbs were taken as medicines and were also combined into poultices. A poultice was a moist, warm packet containing herbs and other ingredients that was applied to any part of the body that hurt.

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