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Uroscopy, 15th Century

Uroscopy, 15th Century

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Uroscopy was important to the Roman and Byzantine eras, because it allowed doctors to diagnose patients without technology. This was an era in which there was no microscope, stethoscope, or even thermometers. All that was needed was a uroscopy wheel, uroscopy flask, and an experienced doctor to be able to give a diagnosis. It was a very simple procedure that a doctor could determine a patients problem by simply tasting and/or looking at their urine. In medieval medicine, uroscopy was an important diagnostic tool, urine having 29 attributes to be observed. From this the physician deduced the supposed levels of a patient's four humours (bodily fluids): blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm. Illness was thought to be due to an imbalance in these fluids. It was thought that the imbalance could be redressed by changing the patient's diet, prescribing medicine, by bleeding the patient or by surgery. By modern medical standards, uroscopy is considered.

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