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A Brief History of Physicians

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A Brief History of Physicians

A modern physician in some ways has little in common with historians’ concepts of what the first doctors may have been like. Much of history is shrouded in mystery, and what modern people know about the distant past comes largely from ancient texts and artifacts. Many people assume that ancient physicians were ignorant and ineffective,…

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Early Man’s Fascination With Trepanning

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Early Man's Fascination With Trepanning

Thousands of years ago, you would be forgiven for thinking that any attempt at brain surgery would be ludicrous: it might astound you then, that not only did our ancient ancestors perform some pretty complex procedures on the human brain, but they successfully managed to keep their patients alive afterwards. Trepanning: the early days Neolithic…

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Dumbbells: an Age-Old Body-Building Secret

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Dumbbells: an Age-Old Body-Building Secret

What do ancient Greek athletes, macho Indian wrestlers, trainee English bell-ringers and modern bodybuilders the world over have in common? The answer: Dumbbells! The Classic Way to Work Out In ancient Greece, early versions of the Olympic Games featured a version of the long-jump which would not be at home in the modern games: for…

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What Did Humans Use For Pain Management Before The Modern Medicine

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What Did Humans Use For Pain Management Before The Modern Medicine

Relief From The Pill Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Though modern medicine has given us many tools for dealing with pain, you may wonder what people did before the advent of easy pain relief from a pill. The truth is that people have always found ways to manage…

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