Prehistory Medicine

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Trepanning

  • Evidence of trepanned skulls
  • Believed to have released supernatural spirits that caused illness (superstitions)
  • Evidence that people survived the procedure - skulls with more than one hole and growth
  • Preformed by a Shaman
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Evidence of Prehistoric Medicine

  • Cave paintings
  • Ancient monuments
  • Aborigines/indigeous civilisations
  • Burials - Oetzi
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Prehistoric People

  • Nomadic hunters
  • Little knowledge and no communication
  • Varied diet
  • Good teeth
  • No communication
  • Supernatural beliefs
  • Low life expectancy
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Progress

  • Natural remedies - birch bark to purge themselves
  • Acupuncture - tattoos
  • Set broken limbs in clay
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