What were the most common diseases in medieval times?
Common diseases in the Middle Ages included dysentery (‘the flux’), tuberculosis, arthritis and ‘sweating sickness’ (probably influenza). Infant mortality was high and childbirth was risky for both mother and child.
What was the worst disease in medieval times?
If they didn’t starve to death, they often died as a result of the epidemics that followed famine. Illnesses like tuberculosis, sweating sickness, smallpox, dysentery, typhoid, influenza, mumps and gastrointestinal infections could and did kill.
What did people in the Middle Ages think caused disease?
Medieval doctors did not have a clue what caused disease. Most doctors still believed the Greek theory from Galen, a doctor during the Roman Empire, that you became ill when the ‘Four Humours’ – phlegm, black bile, yellow bile, blood – became unbalanced.
How were diseases treated in medieval times?
One of the main ways of dealing with disease in the Middle Ages was by prayer. Traditional methods of treating disease such as blood-letting, purging with laxatives, changing the diet of the patient, herbal remedies etc., were completely ineffective against the disease.