Medical History

16th 17th Century

Discoveries of the 16th Century and People Who Contributed

There was improvement but the medical field was basically the same as the middle ages. This era was mainly focused on the theory of the four humors whom which Girlamo Fracastro discovered in 1546. This man also made a book called "On Contagion" and he suggested that infectious diseases were "disease seeds". The reason they were called disease seed was because of his theory that said ; these disease seeds were carried by wing or transmitted by touch. Although there was no way of proving this theory it was quite popular.

Surgery also became more advanced ,Leonardo Da Vinci, dissected some human bodies and made accurate drawings of what he saw. This lead so more of an understanding of how the human body works.Also the surgeon of the age was Andreas Versalius , he also published a book called The Fabric of the Human Body . He also was the first one to discover that many theories about diseases and how they were spread were wrong. He showed the disease could already be inside you.

Discoveries of the 17th Century and People Who Contributed

The medicine slowly started getting more advanced. William Harvey discovered how blood flows and circulates in the human body in 1628. Robert Hooke in 1665, was the first to ever describe a cell correctly in his medical studies. Also a man named Robert Boyle published "Skeptical Chemist" which laid a foundation for the chemistry we use today.

Doctors also found a way to treat malaria ,which was very common in poor countries, from the cinchona tree. The Chinese had also made one of the hugest inventions we still use today, the toothbrush. Some say the toothbrush was already invented but this toothbrush was the first to be hygienic and actually wash your teeth.

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