What did Hippocrates believe that was different to those before him?
That illness was not sent by the Gods and had a physical, rational basis that could be treated
What did Galen do that increased his knowledge?
Carried out some of the first dissections
What were the three Roman ideas about causes of disease?
1) A supernatural reason - sent by the Gods, or a curse 2) Caused by bad air (swamps or bad smells) 3) An inbalance of humours
Did Romans make the link between hygiene and disease?
Yes, but they didn't know why.
Why did the army help with Roman public health?
Romans made the link between having healthy people and producing healthy army to protect their empire.
Why were Roman national communications so good?
Through their building of good-quality roads.
Did the Romans have sewers?
Yes, they built some sophisticated ones in places such as York and Lincoln. Romans also used sponges to wipe bottoms and rinsed their hands in fresh water.
How important were the public baths to the Romans?
Very important - hygiene was an important aspect to lifestyle and they were also a good meeting place. Romans were big fans of fitness and women would even lift weights in the baths. Being clean largely kept the Romans healthy.
Did Romans have a good water supply?
Yes, Romans invented water pipes and aqueducts which brought fresh water to cities.