Dating in the 21st century information
The practice still exists among some tribal people in parts of Algeria, in Melanesia, and perhaps elsewhere, though it is fast becoming extinct.Magic and religion played a large part in the medicine of prehistoric or early human society.Common maladies, such as colds or constipation, were accepted as part of existence and dealt with by means of such herbal remedies as were available.
This so-called placebo effect is applicable even in modern clinical medicine.
Divination, from the inspection of the liver of a sacrificed animal, was widely practiced to foretell the course of a disease.
Little else is known regarding Babylonian medicine, and the name of not a single physician has survived., who designed one of the earliest pyramids, the Step Pyramid at Ṣaqqārah, and who was later regarded as the Egyptian god of medicine and identified with the Greek god Asclepius.
The use of charms and talismans, still prevalent in modern times, is of ancient origin.
Apart from the treatment of wounds and broken bones, the folklore of medicine is probably the most ancient aspect of the art of healing, for primitive physicians showed their wisdom by treating the whole person, soul as well as body.