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What Was The Earliest Surgery?

Season 6 Episode 16 | 7m 59s

When did practicing medicine - in its varied, complex forms (from sharing medicinal plants to the earliest surgeries) - become something that we actually started doing? While it’s a hard question to answer, it’s possible that our tendency to heal one another might have been with us for even longer than we've been human.

Aired: 03/18/24
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