From DR. BOLI’S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY.

Ancient wisdom (cant).—In medicine, the superior esoteric medical knowledge of disease-ridden ancient persons who usually died at thirty, if they were so fortunate as to survive childhood.

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  1. Jason Gilbert says:

    Actually, if they survive childhood, most humans throughout recorded history had nearly as much chance of reaching old age as we currently do. Even the Psalmist numbered our days at threescore and ten.

    So perhaps neo-natal ancient wisdom is best avoided.

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