Medieval Medicine: The Dark Ages
“The Fall of Rome to the Goths in 476 and the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Turks are often cited as marking the beginning and end of the Middle Ages. The common characterization of this period as the "Age of Faith" reflects a dramatic loss of confidence in the individual, but ultimately it does not provide an understanding of why man felt no longer capable of learning from his own observations and took life 'on faith.'
“St. Benedict of Nursia encouraged the care of the sick in the statutes founding his order at the monastery of Monte Cassino on the site of an ancient temple of Apollo. However, because the cure of disease was possible only through prayer and divine intervention, St. Benedict forbade the study of medicine. Thus, the Healing Mission of Christ was institutionalized in a fashion that was to control medical care almost completely for the next five hundred years.”
~ Albert S Lyons
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