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30 Dec 2011

Who you gonna call?

by The Editors | Issue 101

THE ROMAN WORLD in the early Christian era was frequently troubled by plagues; the most famous and destructive of these broke out in 250 and lasted 15 years. Epidemics of plague are reported in a number of cities in the second through fourth centuries. In at least some cases, they were diseases brought back by Roman troops returning from far-flung campaigns. Some may have been versions of smallpox or measles.

Frequently, shrines and oracles of the Roman gods were consulted in efforts to learn what would stop the plagues. Some shrines, like...

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30 Dec 2011

Prescription for health

by John Harington | Issue 101

FOUNDED in the ninth century within a monastery’s “dispensary” (clinic and pharmacy), by the tenth the Medical School at Salerno had begun to gain widespread fame for the unrivaled expertise of its medical practitioners. The school’s twelfth– to thirteenth–century Regimen Sanitatis Salernitatum, printed in over 300 editions in many languages, drew from Islamic and classical Greek medical knowledge preserved for centuries at the Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino. Like many “regimens,” this one gave advice on food and drink, exercise,...

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30 Dec 2011

Timeline: Healthcare and hospitals in the mission of the church

by The Editors | Issue 101

— Early 2nd century: Christians by this time have developed church infrastructure to assist the sick. This assistance is usually led by deacons and deaconesses and focuses on palliative care.

— Late 2nd century: Galen (c. 131–201) practices as a physician and publishes the medical treatises that will form the basis of Western medicine for centuries.

— 250–51: Devastating plague spreads throughout the Western Roman Empire, causing the church to expand its program of benevolence. The church at Rome is said to minister to 1,500 widows and...

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30 Dec 2011

From poorhouse to hospital

by Timothy S. Miller | Issue 101

THE MODERN WEST owes much to ancient Greece and Rome, including the building blocks of constitutional law and the traditional categories of academic disciplines. Even our scientific terms derive from Greek or Latin. The pagan Greco-Roman world did not give modern Western civilization hospitals, however. These institutions first appeared in the fourth century A.D., organized by Christian churches in the Greek (eastern) half of the Roman Empire.

Ancient Greece had centers to cure the sick—the temples of Asklepios (spelled “Asclepios” by the...

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30 Dec 2011

A New Era in Roman Healthcare

by Gary B. Ferngren | Issue 101

ROMAN ROADS, public baths and gymnasiums, Hellenistic high culture, the beginnings of democracy, the military muscle to ensure peace—the Roman Empire in the second century after Christ may have looked like a golden age. For the healthy, perhaps it was. But woe unto you if you got sick. Then the shining Roman city showed its dark underbelly.

Compassion was not a well-developed virtue among the pagan Romans; mercy was discouraged, as it only helped those too weak to contribute to society. In the cramped, unsanitary warrens of the typical...

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30 Dec 2011

Editor’s Note

by Chris Armstrong | Issue 101

CHRISTIAN HISTORY’S FOUNDER, the late Dr. Kenneth Curtis, thought and wrote a lot about what our faith has to say to those who suffer illness and those who care for them. As the magazine returned to the red barn in Pennsyl­vania in 2010, Ken made several lists of topics he hoped the revived Christian History could address in future ­issues. At the very top was this one: the church’s role in the history of healthcare. I resonated with this topic from the start, but I did wonder, What kind of story is there to tell here? As it turns out,...

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31 Aug 1993

A Sick Man’s Healthy Accomplishments

by the Editors | Issue 39

 

 

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Sickly for eight months; dizzy spell during sermon in April. Threatening attacks of Anfechtungen (spiritual darkness, doubt, depression) in July, repeated in September and December. Plague epidemic in Wittenburg. 

Preaches 60 sermons; lectures; writes 100 letters and 15 tracts; works on Old Testament; takes brief trips. Daughter Elizabeth born.

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Rather healthy

Preaches 190 sermons; lectures; writes 150 old letters and 20 tracts; works on Old Testament; travels to Torgau and Altenburg....

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