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SkepticJ
2010-Nov-09, 07:06 PM
When early man developed hemorrhoids, how did they survive? Surely they'd be prone to infection, and it would be a serious impediment during hunting and gathering.

I have a hard time imagining how they survived without Preparation H.

Perikles
2010-Nov-09, 07:21 PM
This is the kind of ailment which gets worse with age. Given that the life expectancy would be around 20 - 40 years, anyone prone to the problem could still have survived long enough to reproduce. After that, yes I suppose they could die of an infection, but nobody would care because they were probably sufficiently old to be irrelevant.

Buttercup
2010-Nov-09, 07:30 PM
Thinking about living back then (or even a mere 200 years ago) is scary.

A famous 18th Century artist's father died because a fish bone got lodged in his throat. Doctors couldn't remove it. Nowadays extracting that would be a simple same-day procedure.

*Elisabeth Vigee LeBrun (Marie Antoinette's favorite portraitist)

kleindoofy
2010-Nov-09, 09:00 PM
... I have a hard time imagining how they survived without Preparation H.
O silly, everybody knows that. There's a great old recipie:

Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming [woo],
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Works every time, like a charm!

jlhredshift
2010-Nov-09, 09:29 PM
When early man developed hemorrhoids, how did they survive? Surely they'd be prone to infection, and it would be a serious impediment during hunting and gathering.

I have a hard time imagining how they survived without Preparation H.

On a serious note, natural childbirth can cause hemorrhoids from the pushing.

PetersCreek
2010-Nov-09, 09:30 PM
Is there to be serious discussion here? I like a joke as much as the next moderator but not in the S&T forum. If this is all in good fun, let me know and I'll move it to OTB.

Ara Pacis
2010-Nov-10, 06:05 AM
They probably ate more fiber and maintained regularity. Also, unclean water meant they might have had frequent bouts of diarrhea. Anyone who took too long to finish his morning constitutional out in the woods by himself might have got eaten by a mountain lion or some such when he was at his most vulnerable.

publiusr
2010-Nov-15, 10:43 PM
I think mine date to prehistoric times. Ouch...

jlhredshift
2010-Nov-15, 11:56 PM
I think mine date to prehistoric times. Ouch...

That's swell......:eek:

PetersCreek
2010-Nov-16, 01:58 AM
Not much science or technology happening here. Moved to OTB.