Many myths abound about the Medieval period. The lies spread by Atheists, and pro-Moslems are not only in the main quite ludicrous, but also extraordinarily ignorant. When you hear them, you wonder if the speaker possesses any sentience whatsoever. One persistent myth is that there was no 'medicine', or that it was 'imported' from those fantastically capable and alert Moslems, an often-stated mendacity, that titillates the Church haters. Moslems in the atheist-Marxist world-view are the supposed progenitors of all that is civilized. This is why the Moslem world today is such a paradise of plurality and prosperity of course.
In actual fact medieval medicine as found in Christendom was almost entirely a local-regional phenomenon based on what today is termed 'homeopathy', and on natural 'holistic' principles, now in vogue, but standard practice from 800-1500 AD. It was decidedly superior to Moslem methods, which relied almost exclusively on failed Greek ideals, perpetuated by Galen, who unfortunately still had a lot of followers in Medieval Europe as well. Few real Moslem creations in medicine were unique, or of much use. And those which were, always emanated from converts.
Christendom invented hospitals, and medical research. This is a simple fact. These institutions date back to the 3rd century AD, or some 300 years before the madness of Muhammad's cult and Jihad began. The Nestorian hospital complexes, which were the largest in the world by the time of the Moslem Jihad, were centres of learning and research as well as care for the ill. But these centres were resident all across Europe by 700 AD. Monasteries and priories across the width and breadth of Europe, during the non-existent 'dark age' [a reference to modern cults perhaps], were active and free, sustained by Church tithes and the donations of the rich.
Starting from the 3rd century, medicine advanced in leaps and bounds over Greco-Roman illiteracy. Christian doctors and healers were the first to advocate complete cleanliness of the body and of course of specific wounds and ailments. Pagan superstitions about 'bad air' [a Roman preoccupation], or 'the gods make you ill' [a Greek-Germanic ideal], were replaced by observation. The use of cautery in treating wounds was first developed by Christians in the 4th century; and by the 9th century Christian hospitals were the first to develop anesthesia using a mix of henbane and opium, for surgical procedures. Common surgery included amputations, removal of brain and bodily tumors, removal of foreign objects such as metal, and bone repair. Nuns by 650 AD had formed the first order of nurses, and from England to Sicily, nuns and Christian healers worked side by side to treat the sick. Almost all Christian hospitals were free of charge.
Most of the infirmary wards were sited in areas which provided natural herbs and remedies. In many places even today, one can visit these sites and behold the 200-300 different varieties of plants nearby which were the hospital's pharmacopoeia. I doubt today that anyone visiting these sites could identify 3 plants correctly. There was no Moslem influence here, but local knowledge and experimentation. Indeed the Christian hospital had dedicated monks, who delved in experimentation of recipes and concoctions, in the attempt to resolve specific ailments and complaints. In fact many herbal remedies were superior to what we have today. It is doubtful that our modern society so stuffed on pills filled with poison have improved in-toto, our intake of medicine. Abortion as well seems to be rather pagan and murderous does it not ? In some ways modernity is a regression.
Converted Moslems, or Jews, Persians and Christians with Moslem names, did contribute some knowledge about smallpox, meningitis and other infectious diseases. This information was enthusiastically added to the catalogue of Christian knowledge. Dedicated university faculties of medicine at Bologna and elsewhere, were only too eager to adopt whatever worked, from wherever it came. Not so the Moslem world. The transfer of information was uni-directional. Though Christian medicine, and its institutions were far in advanced of the Moslem, then as now, the Moslems guided by their moon deity, believed they had nothing to learn from the infidel ape and pig. A lie much cherished by Marxist, Atheists, and the big-brains of the world. Christian medicine in the medieval period was not 'dark'. Our ignorance is what is truly dark.