Surgical Treatment of Hemorrhoids in the Middle Ages (the painting refers to the School of Salerno)

Surgical Treatment of Hemorrhoids in the Middle Ages (the painting refers to the School of Salerno)

It had to be terrible suffering hemorrhoids (and not only) in Middle Ages!

Lack of adequate scientific knowledge and the inadequacy of the tools available, They did not make it an easy one, in the past, the medical work, let alone that of the patient.

The disease, however, there were the same, and somehow he had to fight them.

Too bad that in the Middle Ages often, indeed almost always, the remedy proves to be worse than the disease, as well as a real ordeal for the patient.

But back to hemorrhoids.

Today is a trivial disorder as common as you care to perfection without major inconvenience, but a few centuries ago, when there were no specific salves and ointments, and surgery was rudimentary to say the least, It was not so.

Usually, a person suffering from a serious ailment hemorrhoidal, in medieval times it had only two options to heal (so to speak…), ie a sort of “shock therapy” that makes my skin crawl just to hear, and the cauterization anal, no less than the other raw.

The first consisted of a manual operation by chills, ie the doctor tried to rip hemorrhoids to the victim with a quick gesture that does not always, Moreover, he had success, while the second was practiced with a special red-hot iron with whom, placing it on the sick, He is attempting to burn permanently hemorrhoids.

The effects of these practices have not yet found anything, but I promise that I inform you and will report on blog search results (Photo gives: proctologiaambulatoriale.com).