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Medicine Woman & Magic

Art, literature, and medical science declined as the Roman Empire disintegrated under the pressure of the invading tribes. The practice of healing fell to women at home and within the holy orders. A few holy women were canonized for their work. St Bridget practiced medicine and midwifery in Ireland and St Scholastica aided her brother St Benedict during the plague.  As the medieval period progressed, the education of women in medicine suffered a decline as the early church stressed the inferiority of women. In contrast, the school of medicine at Salerno, Italy, accepted women. The climate of tolerance in this …