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Introducing a new series. Things you were never taught in school about native Americans. I hope to impart some glimpse at false history and have some fun educating people as well. These will most likely be short and scattered randomly. I will do two today because I want to start the series off right. This will be all for today. Until next week!

Fact #6

Syringes, or Hypodermic Needles

Though Scotsman Alexander Wood is credited with inventing the syringe in 1853, in pre-Columbian times American Indians used a type of syringe made from sharpened hollow bird bones attached to small bladders to inject medicine, irrigate wounds or even clean ears.

 
So while European medicine still used leaches until 1853, native Americans before Columbus were already using syringes. That means 400 years before Europeans invented the syringe, native Americans were already using them.