Prehistoric Medicine

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What did Prehistoric people believe caused disease?
They believed that evil spirits that entered the body caused disease.
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What did people wear to scare away the evil spirits?
They wore charms to ward off spirits.
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What was a medicine man and what did the 'medicine man' do?
The medicine man was a traditional healer between groups of civilians and if people were ill they would visit the medicine man. He would put charms on peoples' foreheads, said prayers to the gods and sang chants to try and ward away evil spirits.
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Prehistoric ideas were very supernatural, but what natural remedies did they have?
They would set broken bones with mud or clay and cuts were smeared with healing herbs and then covered with strips of tree bark.
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Were there any other natural remedies?
Sometimes for sore throats they were given a herb and honey drink and if they had a fever they tried bathing in tea-tree liquid (which is an antiseptic) or they tried steam.
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What did they believe happened if a cut or illness didn't heal and what would they do about it?
If something didn't heal they believed an evil spirit had entered the body and was causing pain. They would go to the medicine man and he would drill a hole in your head (trephining) to release the spirit. People often died from this.
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