Medical Program: The Trouble with Trepanning, the Oldest Surviving Surgical Practice

The Trouble with Trepanning, the Oldest Surviving Surgical Practice

The Trouble with Trepanning, the Oldest Surviving Surgical Practice
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Join us as we fill in some of the holes and track trepanning throughout history—from the time of the Incas to present-day advocacy groups.

  • Overview

    The first traces of trepanning, a surgical practice in which a hole is drilled into a patient’s skull, go back more than 7,000 years, but why exactly was this procedure performed? It’s a fair question, and one that Marshall Miller hole-heartedly investigates.

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