“Surgery also seems to be an area in which African doctors ‘attained a level of skill comparable with, and in some respects superior to, that of Western surgeons up unto the twentieth century.’ Finch cites traction methods for fractured limbs among the Mano of Liberia, inducing partial collapse of the lung to treat pleurisy and pneumoritis among the Masai, locating and removing a bullet by the use of stiff elephant hairs in the Congo, the almost miraculous replacement of intestines into an abdominal cavity ripped open by an elephant in Nigeria. These are just a few of the operations witnessed by Westerners and reported upon.”

Source: Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. Blacks In Science: Ancient and Modern. pg. 23. 1983.


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