Ancient Medicine

The collaboration of the doctor and holy man can still be seen in some countries throughout the world. Even today, the witch doctors of India and Nepal will carry out minor surgery, and give potions to remove the evil spirits at the same time. The holy man acted as a comforter to the patient, very much in the same way as you would see a pastor or priest visit the sick in this country. It is hard to imagine that these Witch doctors even now in the 21st century, still exist, but exist they do in many countries and in numerous quantities.

North American Indians used caultery to arrest bleeding, whilst there is evidence to suggest that East African tribes ligated severed blood vessels following battles during tribal conflicts. The examples from above confirm that primitive man understood the need for surgical intervention, all be it in a very crude way. 

Native American medicine historically included many sophisticated interventions that have been lost in whole or in part, such as various forms of bodywork, bone setting, midwifery, naturopathy, hydrotherapy, and botanical and nutritional medicine.

Ceremonial and ritual medicine is the largest surviving piece of Native American medicine, but is still only a small part of what was available 500 years ago.284

It is well documented that the armies of the ancient civilizations used to treat the wounded following the vicious battles that were fought during these periods. The seriously wounded were terminated by fracturing the cervical spine. This was done to reduce the suffering of the unfortunate individual who would have indeed died anyway, probably in agony. A high proportion of those cases today would have a high chance of survival.


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"They are a doomed Race. Wars, smallpox, gross immorality, a change from old ways their fate is the common fate of the American, whether he sails the sea in the North, gallops over the plain in the west, or sleeps in his hammock in the forests of Brazil (26)



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