The Rise and Falls to Modern Medicine Essay

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The Rise and Falls to Modern Medicine



In "the Miller's Tale", Geoffrey Chaucer depicts the parish priest assistant Absolon and
his sexual interests in Allison, the miller's 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 era.

After 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
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