Science and medicine

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Thoughts of the
Medieval Doctors

Vade Mecum


Thoughts of the medieval Doctors

Many medieval doctors carried with them a vade mecum ( meaning ‘go with me’) book of diagnosis and a urine chart. Usually they examined: colour, smell and taste of the patients’ urine and made an ‘on the spot’ guess as to what they might be suffering from.

Vade Mecum Urine Chart

Other essential doctors equipment included posies, oranges or lighted tapers. Since they believed that bad smells carried disease, they believed they could protect themselves from catching disease, by carrying  the something that smelt nice.


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