Was there surgery in Prehistory?

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Some of the fossils discovered suggest that humanity had advanced healing techniques thousands of years ago.

Some of the fossils discovered suggest that humanity had advanced healing techniques thousands of years ago.

Some of the fossils discovered suggest that humanity had advanced healing techniques thousands of years ago.

Discovering fossils in good condition remains quite exceptional. Paleontologists are often forced to construct their theories on a few often fragmented fossils. As a result, all we know about prehistoric medicine is limited to traces of surgical operations that affect bones.

However, these few discoveries are staggering and force us to question ourselves.

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In one of a woman’s skulls, a hole about 6 cm long looks like an old wound.

The “surgeons” of that time inserted a small animal bone ankle into the hole, which remained in place.

The “surgeons” of that time inserted a small animal bone ankle into the hole, which remained in place.

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The woman survived this delicate operation because it can be seen that her cranial bone grew partially around this ankle.

Another khurita skull shows another injury caused by a blow. Surgeons removed part of the skull around the wound to remove sketches of the brain. Here again, the operation was successful and the patient survived for many years.

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If we compare the instruments available to these surgeons with our current technology, we can only conclude that they were technically superior to us.

If we compare the instruments available to these surgeons with our current technology, we can only conclude that they were technically superior to us.

The skeletons of Central Asia were studied at the University of Ashkabad. These fossils showed traces of cranial surgery, but also a surgical operation of the ribs.

This last operation was performed with an open heart!

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It is highly unlikely that these people, who are not very technologically advanced either, could have developed these medical techniques themselves.
It remains to be seen from whom this knowledge was derived.

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About the article on prehistoric surgery, the answer is more likely to be found in Ayour-Veda. It is a system of natural medicine that has existed for thousands of years in India. This system, based on plants and minerals, also included surgery.

Ayour-Veda is still practiced in India today, and also a little bit all over the world; it is becoming increasingly popular. However, some aspects have been lost over time, especially surgery…

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There was a highly developed and sophisticated Vedic society in India. At a given time (known today as “prehistoric” – that is, more than 5,000 years old – this society radiated throughout Asia and Europe, as evidenced by a large number of toponyms of Sanskrit origin throughout the Eurasian continent. The dates attributed today to the origins of the Ayurvedic texts are far below reality. Ayour-Veda is largely multi-millennial.

Although the current practice of Ayour-Veda no longer includes surgery, the original ancient texts (Charaka-Samhita, Soushrouta-Samhita, Vagbhatta-Samhita, Madhana Nidana-Samhita, Bhava Prakasha-Samhita, etc.).) remain available and mention several sometimes advanced surgical operations, such as brain surgery. I think this explains the operations, in a remote time, that you mention in your article.

Prehistoric Surgery: (Old Art of Medicine)

In prehistoric brain surgery, the anatomist Professor Kappers recalled:”It is even probable that the trephine holes found in prehistoric skulls 50,000 years ago were made for curative purposes”.

Mesopotamic medicine was taken very seriously. The practitioners were priests and were governed by the strict laws included in the code of King Hannurabi. This code, carved in an eight-foot-high black stone that was discovered in Whistles in what is now Iran in 1901, can be seen today at the Louvre Museum in Paris. At its summit you can see Emperor Hannurabi receiving the laws of the sun god Shamash. Its code details family law, slave rights, penalties for theft, and rewards for success and severe punishment for surgeon failure. We have evidence from these writings that surgical conditions such as wounds, fractures and injuries were treated.

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