unfoundedfall (unfoundedfall) wrote in little_details,

Medieval Medicine/Historical Medical Practice On Injuries And Disease

Hello, I'm writing a fantasy story. The setting is roughly equivalent of 13th/14th century Europe. One of the main characters is training to become a doctor at the beginning of the story. I need information on how the physicians at the time treated numerous types of wounds and diseases.

Searched Terms: Medieval Medicine, Western Medicine, 14th Century Medicine, Historical Medicine, 14th Century Doctor, Middle Ages Burn Treatment, History of Burn Treatments.

I've googled the above, most of the results were decent for general knowledge, but none have gone into the detail that I am looking for. I've also ran a few of the above searches through some research databases that my University has allowed me access to. I've also tried finding translations of "The Canon of Medicine", whoever I couldn't understand the wording, as most of the translations I found were either incomplete, poorly worded, or too expensive for me to currently afford.

I've been trying to find detailed information on what tools an educated doctor/barber of the time would use and how he would treat sword wounds, broken bones (From both Abbrazare/grappling and blunt weapons), burns of varying severity, arrows, frostbite, poison and so on.

I'd also like to know how they treated common diseases, dehydration and starvation at the time and so on.

Here's an example of what I'm looking for, although I'm not sure how accurate this example is: I have read that if someone was burned they would rinse the burned area and then pour raw honey over it. After that they would wrap sage leaves around the honey-covered burn. Apparently the honey acted as a shield against infection and the sage was believed to have healing/soothing properties for wounds. I would provide a link to the source but I can't seem to find the link in my notes.

I realize this is somewhat of a messy post but any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
Tags: 1200-1299, 1300-1399, europe: history, ~medicine: burns & smoke inhalation, ~medicine: historical

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