Our ancestors did not have many opportunities to introduce themselves. Almost everything we know about them is through the remains of graves.
Although they do not record anything, their bodies tell us what physicians of the time could do – and some of them are incredibly amazing.
Amputation with anesthetic
In a field 70km south of Paris, magnificent Paris today, a man broke his arm. The doctor gave him anesthetic, surgery to remove his forearm and treated the wound with an antiseptic. And that happened 7,000 years ago.
This process is somewhat rougher than today. However, based on a Stone Age skeleton found in France, archaeologists believe that a physician of 5,000 BC was able to perform every stage of the surgery.
The signs on the skeleton showed that the forearm was cut with the precision of a surgeon, although only with flint tools. The things that the other bodies carry showed that the man was probably given a hallucinogenic drug, possibly Datura, to help the surgery not be too painful.
The absence of signs of infection showed that the wound was treated with antiseptic drugs such as sage after the amputation was completed. And the phenomenon of bone healing indicates that the patient has been healthy for many years after that.
Based on the traces of the 5,300-year-old mummy found in the mountains between Italy and Austria, Stone Age Europeans began using acupuncture a long time ago. In fact, they used it for 2,000 years before the Chinese.
The mummy, known as the Otzi gang, is said to have bladder and abdominal problems while alive.
Someone in Otzi’s tribe treated him with acupuncture. The Tape’s back is full of stains from tiny needles that can be made of stone or bone. This prehistoric physician later sprinkled the burnt herb ash wound, probably to keep them clean.
Acupuncture will not overcome the underlying problem, but it will help patients with less pain. Above all, it shows the amazing understanding of medical technology.
The oldest tooth drill ever found was born much earlier than you imagined. It was made of flint in what is today Pakistan and a professional dentist used it unbelievably from 9,000 years ago.
A whole tribe was discovered with clear signs of teeth making. A prehistoric dentist used a flint drill to drill into the teeth of his tribe members whenever they complained of a toothache. In specific cases, he even conducted complicated tooth enamel scraps and restored his teeth.
This land has many craftsmen making beads, and it is believed that their expertise in the making of beads is the key to the marvelous advances in dentistry.
Some tribes have early ideas about how to care for women who give birth. Some archaeologists believe that some Stone Age tribes have strategies, processes and guidelines to help a mother mother round her square. And, above all, they even drew instructions to give birth to the cave walls.
According to some archaeologists, many cave paintings were found to be the Stone Age version of the “What happens during labor” handbook. They seem to describe a woman giving birth in a standing position with her hands on her hips – the best posture to give birth easily and painlessly as possible with the resources available at the time. hours. After that, the drawings seemed to guide the woman to lean forward for the veggies period.
These caves are not their homes. It could be the original maternity homes. According to the hypothesis, the mother who is about to give birth will be put into the cave so that she can be protected easily during her birth. In that cave, the mother will be isolated from the weather outside and the smell will not attract wild animals.