Monday, August 22, 2011

More ancient head operations

Apparently, operating on the head appears to have been fairly common in our past.

Talk about getting inside others’ heads. Skulls of three men from North Africa’s ancient Garamantian civilization, which flourished in the Sahara Desert from 3,100 to 1,400 years ago, contain holes and indentations that were made intentionally to treat wounds or for other medical reasons, say anthropologist Efthymia Nikita of the University of Cambridge in England and her colleagues.
 I am referring, of course, to trephination.
 Head meet boring instrument meet hole.

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