OCR, History, Medicine, Through, Time, Unit 1 Prehistoric Medicine

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HISTORY OF MEDICINE ­ PREHISTORIC MEDICINE

Background

Prehistoric thus couldn't write and so no written records remain.
Knowledge is based on archaeological discoveries or observations of
modern pre-literate societies such as the Aborigines.

Cause and Cure of Disease

Illness which had an obvious cause were treated with common sense.
Broken…

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Practical knowledge and resulting treatments ­ learnt a little about medicine from
trial and error. Passed on successful natural/common sense cures such as dealing with
broken bones and attempted operations such as trephination which were in fact
useless.

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