Roman Medicine

Roman medicine has a rich history and illustrates the contributions to the early stages of an evolving tradition of Western medicine. I believe it is important to first note the use of the famous aqueduct system as a means of delivering a continual supply of fresh drinking water as well as public fountains in which to bathe, signaling the Roman’s knowledge of the importance of hygiene, waste disposal sanitation and a fresh water supply for general health. In fact, there were many trained physicians within the Roman Empire, including slaves who were trained as doctors and therefore worth approx 40% more than an agricultural slave. Most of the early practitioners of roman medicine had to be trained in a variety of medical skills ranging from pharmacist to surgeon and general physician. However, specialization and a diverse medical discipline soon began to evolve. Similar to chiropractors, Roman “medici” knew how to manipulate the body so it is properly aligned and free of discomfort. Additionally, medici were versed in nutrition’s medicinal properties as well as performing minor surgeries!

Roman medicine is thought to have included many successful surgical procedures done on a regular basis. They were adept at mending war wounds, removing growths and even cosmetic and reconstruction surgery is thought to have been performed. Roman medicine practices also required the boiling of all equipment to ensure its sterility before operating, a major contribution to today’s sterile surgical environment. However, with no anesthetics, surgery was quite an ordeal to have to undergo as a patient. The underlying concepts surrounding the body were influenced heavily by concepts believed by the Greeks and the writings of Hippocrates. Roman medicine also involves the use of herbs and other naturally occurring elements as treatment for an illness or to promote overall good health.

Roman medicine took a holistic approach to health care by stressing the importance of nutrition, exercise and implementing sanitation procedures, paving the way for the evolution of western health care.

Latest Article: History of Alternative Medicine

The history of alternative medicine can be traced back to some 5000 years, when the Chinese and Indians discovered traditional and Ayurvedic therapies to heal the body and the mind. The real objective was to identify the deterrents in the body system, which caused the ailments and strengthen the body’s immunity. The therapies mainly incorporated self-care, lifestyle changes and...

Related Articles: