Christian Church's Influence on Medical Progress

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Christian Church's Influence on the Medical Progress The Christian Church was very powerful and had influence on many things which you wouldn't imagine they would have, one being medicine. The Church mainly hindered medical progress but we will see how it did and see if it helped medicine in any ways. When it came to developing new medical ideas the Church hindered its progression. An example of this is when Roger Bacon, a 13th century priest, was imprisoned for heresy after he suggested that there should be a new approach to medicine and original research should be thought of instead of using old ideas such as Galen's. The knowledge of the anatomy was hindered as only one dissection was allowed per year and this only dissection was carried out by the already knowledge teaching assistant not the inexperienced students so they couldn't have a hands on experience of the anatomy. Public health was hindered but Cathedrals did have freshly pumped in water for toilets, fountains etc but this idea wasn't spread into the community and the public weren't allowed to use the Cathedral's facilities, so the Church were being selfish with their medical improvement. When it came to training doctors the church both helped and hindered its progress as they encouraged doctors to train to improve knowledge but they hindered it as they only allowed one dissection a year and only a select few who could read were allowed to read selected books which were approved by the church. The Church hindered the knowledge of medicine spreading as usually only Priests and Monks could read so books couldn't be passed on and the Church selected what people could read so the ideas that were spreading were limited and the same. Caring for the sick was slightly hindered by the church as only 10% of monks helped those in need but this was the best they could do. The search for effective treatments was hindered by the church as they believed that religion was the cure for the sick. The believe that Saints could cure by touch

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