Surgery in ancient times
Some of the earliest examples of surgery come from ancient Egypt, with documents and skeletal remains showing evidence of dentistry. Sushruta Samhita is an ancient Sanskrit text by Sushruta, an Indian surgeon and physician working in the 6th Century BCE, known as the 'Father of Surgery'. His book describes preventative measures, diagnosis and treatment of various ailments, including essential and cosmetic surgeries.
Have you heard of trepanning?
Cave paintings and human remains suggest that this was an early form of surgery to treat head wounds. Experts theorise that trepanning was also used to treat epilepsy, headaches and mental disorders as well for mystic and ritual purposes. There is evidence of this taking place in Europe, Siberia, China and the Americas.
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