What did medieval people believe cured the black death?
Bloodletting is the practice of cutting the body (usually on the arms, I think) to drain out some of the blood. Before the germ theory of disease, Western medicine followed the humour theory (not a real theory, but more a speculation or hypothesis). Doctors thought diseases were caused by an imbalance in the body’s “humours”, and that letting out blood would bring them back into balance. When the Plague struck Europe, no one had any idea what caused it. People were dying in enormous numbers and nothing seemed to work, and they were desperate to figure out what was happening so they could do something about it. So, they thought up all manner of outrageous causes. The ones that come to mind are: * It was God punishing them for their sins. This led to a lot of self-flagellation societies. Groups of people would travel from village to village and either literally or figuratively whip the skin off each other’s backs. * It was caused by the Jews. The Jews has much cleanlier practices back th