Fancy having a hole drilled into your skull to cure a headache? Or how about having a cut treated with red hot irons? Possibly not, but these are some of the remedies our ancestors had to contend with, as Antony D'Angelo explains
- By: Antony D'Angelo
Ah … the good old days when, legend has it, everyone had to walk 250 miles to school through rain, wind, sleet, and snow, and no one ever shut their front door. But even in the midst of this black and white utopia, some things definitely did not measure up--like medicine. Read on to find out what some of our ancestors had to put up with.
Prehistoric people believed that pain and disease originated outside the body, not just from injuries but also from evil spirits. Witch doctors and shamans were usually employed to exorcise malevolent beings. If the witch doctor failed, prehistoric man had a backup plan known as “trepanation.”
Today, when we say, “He must have a hole in his head,” it is a derisory comment for someone who is mentally ill. In prehistoric times, however, having a hole in your head was the equivalent of taking a