Food for Thought
• Who was diagnosing patients?
• Is this a good test case?
o Was it a good system to tell when they died based on arm position?
o Did they have case studies on the people?
o Do you know to what extent that doctors were involved?
• Could the disease be treated?
o It can now, because it will halt the damage that Hanson’s disease has
o They could not cure it in the Middle Ages, doctors were not sure how to treat
patients with this disease
• By whose standards did physicians do their job here?
Schalick on Opium
• They recognized the effects of opium
o Sleepy, slows digestive system, etc.
• They used it in some ways we would not, and some ways we would
o Pain management we would agree with use; today, we would not use it for a cold
(slows the humors), or to soothe a teething baby
• There was market demand for the use of opium, and it was regulated
o Patients wanted it,