- Disease and infection - prehistory
- they used spells which they believed would drive out the evil spirits and let the person get well agian
- they also used charms and spells to stop them getting ill in the first place
- many groups of people had someone special a "shaman" or "witch doctor" to apply these treatments.
- None of this worked. The medical knowledge they had did not help people get better but the treatments didn't make anyone worse. life expectancy was low and people died young