Medicine in the Dark Ages:
In the Dark Ages, there were really only three central treatments for any sickness, malady, or “condition.”
Cutting ~ the practitioner (typically a barber) would cut the patient and draw out the bad blood, so the good blood could regenerate. Leeches were also an appropriate bloodletting technology of the day. Amputations or lobotomies without anesthesia were standard fare for trivial issues, including misbehavior.
Poisoning ~ the practitioner (typically a medicine man or shaman) would poison the patient with compounds that produced powerful noxious fumes that were either inhaled, ingested, or injected into the body through various routes of entry; nasal, oral, anal, vaginal, etc.
Burning ~ the practitioner (typically a witch) would utilize caustic salves to burn the skin or use hot irons to sear the flesh as a means of initiating a healing effect.
Not much has changed in the “Enlightened Age of Modern Medicine.”
We still rely on these three core treatments, but the cost is much higher as is the deception.
Cutting = Surgery. (Now we use this to make people look the same.)
Poisoning = Pharmaceuticals. (Every single drug is poisonous to the body. By definition, a drug has negative side effects.)
Burning = Radiation and Chemotherapy. (These techniques are used intentionally to destroy the body…in direct contrast to the prime directive of medicine which is to do no harm.)
If you see the light, you will understand that these are the Darkest Days of all time, when people think wrong is right and darkness is light.
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