The usual stuff for the Middle Ages, is now shocking
• The usual stuff for the Middle Ages, is now shocking
Not so long ago, and by historical standards practically yesterday, people had no idea about hygiene, and their methods of health care are perceived as something quite barbaric. Imagine that for the treatment of dental pain used the dead mice, and to give fresh breath - chicken droppings. It's amazing how mankind has managed to survive despite such a wild customs.
In the early days of dentistry doctors believed that the cause of dental pain are worms living inside the tooth. Patient mouth filled with smoke candles for the purpose of the expulsion of non-existent worms.
In the old days, an incredibly popular method of treatment were leeches, as it was believed that most disease occurs from an excess of blood.
Magnificent wigs portraits nobles 15-18 century look majestic, but in fact they have infested with lice. During the meal, the aristocracy did not remove hats, to lice do not fall into the bowl.
In the medical leadership of the 17th century there are recommendations to use chicken manure for treatment of hair loss, infertility, halitosis, lice and even chest pains.
One of the harshest methods of stopping massive bleeding (eg, amputation) in the Middle Ages was burning. The wound was applied a piece of hot metal that really stops the blood and the spread of infection, but it caused extreme pain.
Pale face for centuries was considered a sign of nobility, while the tanned faces were the lot of the lower strata of the population. In order to adorn themselves, medieval woman's face was clarified using flour or white lead, sometimes contain significant doses of arsenic.
Sometimes the urine has been used as an antiseptic. Perhaps it's not such a crazy idea, if we consider that urine is sterile.
Cutlery became widespread in Europe only in the 16th century, and until that time everything including the notable person, eating with his hands. The forks and knives entered the American colonies into use even later, in the 17th century.
Wash in the Middle Ages was an extraordinary event, the case is not more than 1-2 times per year. As used detergent mixture urine, alkalis and river water.
are often one and the same person combined the role of the dentist, doctor and hairdresser. He polled, and pull out bad teeth, and treating the wounded soldier.
Such highly toxic metals such as mercury, was used to treat a variety of skin diseases and even syphilis and leprosy.
The rich sweets diet is often evoked the noble persons premature tooth loss. To disguise this defect, medieval ladies used artificial teeth made of porcelain or ivory. However, the most valued "live" teeth, which can be bought from the poor.
The ancient Egyptians believed that the dead mouse - the perfect remedy for toothache. The crushed body mouse was mixed with other ingredients and applied to the affected area.
Only in 1846 the Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis discovered the importance of clean hands during medical procedures. Prior to this surgery made dirty hands that often cause secondary infection and death.
Typically, in the medieval houses playing the role of a toilet pot. When it is full, its contents are simply splashes out into the street, out of the window.
Some medieval ladies dissatisfied density of their brows, erecting artificial hairs from the eyebrows of his own caught mice.