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Innovative treatments by 17th-century doctors

Posted by Admin | 29 Mar

Wound healing has been a medical problem since ancient times. Although modern medical technology has allowed us to better understand and control key factors in wound healing, such as moisture, infection management, and dressing use, doctors as early as the 17th century began to explore the unknown in this area.


Cesar Magatti, was a 17th-century Italian physician known for his unconventional methods of applying wound dressings. The recipient of a medical degree from the University of Bologna, he challenged the widely accepted principles of wound care at the time and came up with his own unique insights.


At a time when Galen's humoral principles were prevalent, Magati observed that frequent changes in wound dressings and the use of irritating substances did not bring about the desired therapeutic effects. Instead, he observed that reducing the frequency of dressing changes and using natural, gentle treatments, such as herbs and wine rinses, were more effective in promoting wound healing.


Makati's experience is no accident. While working in a hospital in Rome, he met a 9-year-old girl whose leg wound had not healed for a long time. After months of traditional treatments not working, he decided to try a different approach - reducing the frequency of dressing changes. Surprisingly, this less-is-more approach allowed the girl's wounds to heal quickly.


Magatti's views are well documented in his books "Uncommon Wound Dressings" and "Manual of Medication." Although his claims were criticized and condemned by the medical establishment at the time, his belief in the healing power of nature and his unique view on the nature of therapy still had a profound impact on the practice of wound care in later generations.


Makati's story tells us that even in today's era of rapid technological advancement, we can still draw inspiration from the wisdom of the past. Wound healing is not only a matter of medical technology but also a matter of respect and understanding of the human body and nature. Among the many skeptics, the German physician and naturalist Dr. Daniel Sennert (1572-1637) was the most vocal opponent of Cesar Magati's new therapeutic theory, which he accused of hindering Advances in medicine. However, despite facing opposition and criticism from his peers, Magati did not waver. At the age of 41, he chose to become a Capuchin monk and used his medical skills to serve his fellow believers and celebrities of the time.


What sets Dr. Magati apart is his respect for the body's natural healing abilities and his belief in natural healing. The ideas he proposed were unique for his time, but today, hundreds of years later, these ideas have become closely linked to clinical medicine. Practice in trauma clinics around the world shows that supporting the natural immune response plays an important role in wound healing. He advocated that surgery and medicine should serve all social classes, which was undoubtedly a radical view in the 17th century.


Magati made it clear in his paper that separating surgeons from general practitioners was unnecessary. This comprehensive and humane approach to wound management still plays an important role in the medical field today. Therefore, it can be said that Dr. Cesar Magati, as a doctor, reformer, and monk, truly realized patient-centered medical innovation.