The story of early medicine is one of magic and sorcery, religion and prayers, shamans and surgeons, and ingenuity and experimentation. All manner of successes and failures also dot the backdrop of early medicine. The health challenges of the time were many, ranging from near-fatal accidents to a wide variety of mysterious illnesses. Despite very little understanding of how the body worked or why people became sick, primitive people still devised successful methods to help heal the ill and injured.Kelly, Kate is the author of 'Early Civilizations: Prehistoric Times to 500 C.E. (The History of Medicine)', published 2009 under ISBN 9780816072057 and ISBN 0816072051.