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Was Julius Caesar Born by Caesarean Section

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Wind the clock back 2000 years. The instruments used, and methods employed were to say the least, primitive. The Romans had no knowledge on how to close the gaping would left behind after the birth of the baby. But that was the least of their concern. They only had to worry about that if the mother hadn’t bled to death beforehand. If the mother had survived all of that she would have surely died from infection. It was because of this that Caesarean sections were only performed on mothers who had already died, or were about to die during childbirth. And Julius Caesar’s own mother lived for many years after the Roman leaders birth.

If there’s anyone here still saying that it could be possible that his mother delivered him by Caesarean section and lived to tell the tale, we’re afraid not. The first successful Caesarean section where the mother survived took place around 1500 by a Swiss pig gelder. The success of this operation served as inspiration for others.

Lets put a nail into this coffin shall we? Remember when we said Pliny the Elder suggested the name Caesar came from caesum which meant cut out? Julius Caesar himself disputed this. According to Caesar the word originated from a Moorish word for elephant, caesai. Apparently the first Caesar had killed an elephant in battle and had adopted the name after the monumental event.

Regardless that Julius Caesar was not born by Caesarean section, thanks to the writing of Pliny the Elder he will forever be connected to the surgical procedure, because it is his namesake after all.



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