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  • Pre Historic
    • Causes of death
      • Disease
        • Diseases couldn't be prevented, especially with babies and young children as they are too young to have developed.
      • Infections
        • Everyday injuries such as cuts could easily lead to blood poisoning and then death.
          • Bleeding is hard to prevent.
      • Warfare
        • Could result in deaths of young men.
      • Food shortages and famines weakened children and women
    • Beliefs
      • The role of spirits
        • The believed that spirits created the world and each person had their own spirit.
          • These were the reason for death
      • The Medicine man
        • Medicine men sang or chanted to get the evil spirits out and they did
          • The relief from the patient was great enough to cure them
      • Charms
        • The wore charms to ward off evil spirits that could cause disease.
      • Herbs
        • They used herbs and plants to treat illness
    • Who provided medical care?
      • Medicine men
        • The could understand and deal with the spirits
      • Women
        • Treated illnesses as mothers and wives (they treated their family for small illnesses)
          • They knew about the healing powers of herbs
    • How were injuries treated?
      • Herbs and plants are the most common and well known treatments for prehistoric people.
        • Herbs and plants were used in Britain immediately after prehistoric so it is more than likely that they were used in prehistoric too
      • Surgery
        • Trephining was used to let evil spirits out that were causing headaches or other illnesses
          • Making a hole in the skull
        • Broken bones were set
  • Evidence shows that people in prehistoric times had a shorter life span. (Meaning they didn't live as log as us today.
    • Few men reached the age of 40 even fewer women due to the high death rate of women during childbirth.
  • People suffered a bread deal of pain unlike today.
    • Pain
      • Osteoarthritis (which was severe pain in the joints) was quite common.
        • This caused a massive amount of pain to people. Also tooth abscesses, although not as common, just as painful without and antibiotics or painkillers to help.
  • Differences between now and then
    • Fitness
      • The level of fitness was higher than today because they lived outdoors whereas we don't.
      • Tooth decay was rare due to the lack of sugar.
    • Pain
      • Osteoarthritis (which was severe pain in the joints) was quite common.
        • This caused a massive amount of pain to people. Also tooth abscesses, although not as common, just as painful without and antibiotics or painkillers to help.
    • Shorter lives
      • Evidence shows that people in prehistoric times had a shorter life span. (Meaning they didn't live as log as us today.
        • Few men reached the age of 40 even fewer women due to the high death rate of women during childbirth.
    • Pre Historic
      • Causes of death
        • Disease
          • Diseases couldn't be prevented, especially with babies and young children as they are too young to have developed.
        • Infections
          • Everyday injuries such as cuts could easily lead to blood poisoning and then death.
            • Bleeding is hard to prevent.
        • Warfare
          • Could result in deaths of young men.
        • Food shortages and famines weakened children and women
      • Beliefs
        • The role of spirits
          • The believed that spirits created the world and each person had their own spirit.
            • These were the reason for death
        • The Medicine man
          • Medicine men sang or chanted to get the evil spirits out and they did
            • The relief from the patient was great enough to cure them
        • Charms
          • The wore charms to ward off evil spirits that could cause disease.
        • Herbs
          • They used herbs and plants to treat illness
      • Who provided medical care?
        • Medicine men
          • The could understand and deal with the spirits
        • Women
          • Treated illnesses as mothers and wives (they treated their family for small illnesses)
            • They knew about the healing powers of herbs
      • How were injuries treated?
        • Herbs and plants are the most common and well known treatments for prehistoric people.
          • Herbs and plants were used in Britain immediately after prehistoric so it is more than likely that they were used in prehistoric too
        • Surgery
          • Trephining was used to let evil spirits out that were causing headaches or other illnesses
            • Making a hole in the skull
          • Broken bones were set

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