Friday, February 17, 2017

Fact of the Day: Barber Surgeons

While barbers are well known for cutting hair, in the middle ages they were also expected to perform surgery. They were not doctors, as physicians mainly kept to the roles of academia. When it came to making people better, they would often be consultants. Most doctors during the Middle Ages considered that surgery was beneath them. The mortality rate from surgery in the Middle Ages was quite severe. 

10 comments:

  1. Damn, glad I wasn't born in those times

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  2. Did you know that was where the red and white spiraled barber pole comes from? Blood stained rags hung out to dry in front of their place of business. -Jenn

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  3. Had no idea about it! Very interesting!

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  4. Wow!!! I had no idea, no thanks haha.

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  5. I did know that---pretty scary, huh? xo Diana

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  6. I think barbers also pulled teeth back in the day.

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