Question by chrstnwrtr: I have a “history of medicine” question. When did the medical community stop “bloodletting” and such?
This question came about after listening to a podcast about Civil War medicine.
When did medical science stop “bloodletting” or stop relying on the “four humors” theory and focus on modern medical science? I do know that this kind of medicine dated way, WAY back from the Middle Ages to the enlightened 18th century.
I don’t know if I was paying attention but the guy on the podcast said that even during the Civil War, there was some bloodletting going on (as well as Southern folk remedies when conventional medicine was in short supply).
So when did the medical community fully reject the antiquated “four humors” theory? I’m not expecting an exact date but perhaps a specific time period (i.e. mid 19th century).
Answer by Chanhassen
My guess is when a reliable alternative theory came about. The germ theory of disease.
Here’s the wikipedia page on it:
the first idea about “seed-like” disease carriers was in the 1500’s, but the first real evidence came in the mid 1800’s
check it out:
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