20 March 2015
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Roman Medicine: A Life-Saving Assimilation
Medicine is defined as the science that deals with preventing, curing and treating diseases. The study of medicine is one of the most popular and most demanding fields that students and scholars look to in order to develop a foundation for a future occupation. Only the most erudite intellectuals get admitted to equally prestigious medical schools. Furthermore, even after they complete the 8 years of required schooling, medical students are entailed to two to three more years studying a specialty (neurology, psychiatry, etc.). Today’s medical field is incredibly detailed and this would simply not be unless the Ancient Romans had not developed many medical procedures. Like the phrase says, Rome was not built in one day. Starting at a time around 900 B.C., Rome eventually develops into one of the greatest empires in history, spanning from central Europe to northern Africa. Some flaws of this magnificent empire, however, are violence and sickness. Mostly, Rome was a militaristic powerhouse, especially in the Pax Romana, the golden age of Rome which lasted to about 190 A.D. At this time, Rome was at its peak, with prosperity in arts and science. Prosperity in science led to biological studies which then led to anatomical studies. Furthermore, soldiers come back to Rome from war with all kinds of metal stuck into them, and if that was not enough, large periods of sickness plagued Rome at the same time; so these scientific studies could not have arrived at a better time. However, Rome could not have achieved this as a lone nation. While Rome expanded and spread into Central Europe and the Middle East, medicine had also developed through foreign trade; thus, many authors and landowners took it upon themselves to educate the general public of the ancient times and modern day and make medicine priority.
The Spread of Rome and Medicine
The Etruscans are the...