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Self-Trepanation: Drilling A Hole In Your Own Head (Watch)

The Rockstar Anthropologist

Trepanation is “the practice of making a hole in the skull in order to improve the brain pulsations and hence the overall well being. It has long been practiced in many cultures all over the world.” It’s pretty much like blood letting. It is one of the oldest known surgeries.

For instance, skeletal evidence suggests that the Incas were very skilled skull surgeons. Before the modern comforts of anesthesia, modern tools, or even antibiotics, they performed this risky surgery with regularity. Bone remodeling around many of the skulls suggests that the surgeries were done with some level of success. However, there were many that didn’t recover as well. 

The top inset photograph is of the side of the skull where a previous trepanation had been successful enough to allow bone regrowth. So this fellow had it done, it worked for at least a time, then when he died he left his body to science (or science just took it) and became a drill depth tester. http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/28418 “The top inset photograph is of the side of the skull where a previous trepanation had been successful enough to allow bone regrowth. So this fellow had it done, it worked for at least a time”
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/28418

However, would you do…

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