Thursday, September 6, 2012


Trepanated skull, Copenhagen National Museum.
Trepanning is surprisingly enough one of the oldest surgical performances we have archaeological evidence of. The depicted skull is from the stone age and the soft, healed edges of the hole indicate that the person subjected to the surgery survived the operation.
Trepanning is performed (still today) as a treatment for subdural haematoma, wich appears quite often after a blunt weapon hit the head.