Beating the Black Death: did medieval medicine help people to survive?

What did people use for medicine in medieval times? When human understanding of disease was shaped by the movements of the planets in the night sky and everyday infections often proved fatal, how did anyone survive the era at all? Dr Elma Brenner, Wellcome Collection’s medieval specialist, explores the reality of medicine in the Middle Ages.

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Apothecaries were the 15th-century equivalent of pharmacists (Photo by Alamy)

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