Presentation on theme: "Medicine Through Time Pre-history. What was Prehistoric Medicine capable of doing? Make a list of some of the equipment that modern doctors use to diagnose."— Presentation transcript:
What was Prehistoric Medicine capable of doing? Make a list of some of the equipment that modern doctors use to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Prehistoric man could NOT treat certain conditions. For example… However, prehistoric man could and did perform some medical procedures.
Prehistoric Procedure Setting of Bones, Fractures and Dislocations
Problems with Studying Prehistoric Medicine Archaeology and Examination of Artefacts Compare with existing prehistoric societies –Aboriginal societies No written Evidence How can we overcome this problem?
Archaeology and Artefacts Problems with Archaeology Skeletons not always helpful Prehistoric Burial Traditions Warriors/hunters Killed away from Tribe/group Nomadic lifestyle Excavation Techniques Cave Drawing
The Role of Shamans or Medicine Men in providing medical care Headaches and diseases were blamed on… A shaman was the person who… Charms were worn to…
Nomadic Lifestyle Could be Surprisingly Healthy –Fit and Active lifestyle –Eat fresh food –Little Pollution or Dirt Move to new camps –Low Population Density Germs –Little exposure to animals
All change with the Agricultural Revolution When humans settled down to grow crops and raise animals their health began to get worse. Can you list why this may have been the case?
Isbister Case Study 3,000 BC Prehistoric site found on Orkney. Pages 8 - 10
Isbister Case Study StatementTrue/FalseEvidence to support your decision Osteoarthritis was very common Women lived longer than men. Skeletons provide a good source of evidence Dental health was good Australian Aborigines are a good source of evidence Natural remedies were used to treat illnesses There was no surgical treatment Bones from tombs are a good source of evidence Belief systems were not relevant to medicine
Glossary Words Trephining Abscess Osteo-arthiritis Ulcer Anti-Septic Anti-Biotic Remedy
Activity Questions 1 to 3 on the bottom of page 13.