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This is where natural philosophy came in; what physicians could not observe, they had to infer.

Some classical texts on medicine had survived into the Middle Ages, and physicians and scholars used these as a starting point for medical knowledge.

In general, the body's health was seen through an Aristotelian viewpoint.

Observing that human personalities could be divided into a few similar groupings, and that many illnesses were caused by and/or produced effects more like some personalities than others, classical and medieval authorities reasoned that the body was governed by substances called s, which ran throughout the body in differing quantities, not only causing variations in personality, but also causing varying states of health.

The logical step to cure disease, therefore, was to artificially balance out these humors through methods such as blood-letting, intestinal purging, and induced vomiting.

The following pages detail some of the more commonly used modes of discussing and depicting sex and sexual behavior from medical to moral to literary.

Medieval Medicine Medieval medicine was both different from and similar to modern medicine.

Though these methods are often now considered ineffective and even harmful, they made sense in the light of the philosophy of the humors.

Sex and Medicine Moral authorities grudgingly acknowledged sex to be not inherently sinful, but very strictly delineated the ways in which sex could be used without spiritual consequences.