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Medicine in the 1590s - It is impossible to imagine life...

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It is impossible to imagine life today without medicine. Medicines are now capable of curing HIV—a disease once thought to be incurable. But life wasn’t always so good— these amazing medicines were developed only after centuries of research. Medicine in 1590 was dominated by religion. Sickness was thought of as a punishment from God for sins and the only way to cure someone was to pray. As a result, doctors were sometimes religious people. They often practiced in hospitals right next to monasteries and churches. Of course, no amount of praying saved anyone from the flu. Other doctors had a more “scientific” approach. They viewed the body as part of the universe. Four body fluids were directly related to four elements. Yellow fluids meant fire, phlegm meant water, black fluids meant earth, and red fluids meant air. These four elements had to be balanced. When someone was sick, doctors believed that one of these elements was out of sync with the universe. In essence, they thought there was too much of one type of liquid. To bring the body back into sync with nature,
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