The battle against disease is nothing new. But the means to fight illness and maintain health have varied greatly over time. In
Understanding of the body, health and medicine during this period was quite different from our own and was rooted in the classical medicine of ancient Greece and Rome. Yet this was also a time when the body began to be mapped out by anatomists, who dissected corpses for research. It also saw the emergence of new theories about how the body actually worked.
While many of the treatments in the time of John Hall seem strange or even dangerous, they were designed to relieve suffering and pain, to prolong life and save loved ones.