The first known surgical procedure involved cutting a hole in someone’s head.
According to Dr Trish Biers, an anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, ‘once a person walked around with ten holes in their head.’
Why? You might be wondering?
Not in the name of outlandish fashion thankfully – medicinal, spiritual and pleasurable ends are all cited.
Today it’s a standard procedure for any neurosurgeon who might call it a ‘burr hole.’
In an interview with Dr Trish Biers, she combs through the long tresses of the history of trephination, or some say trepanning, which dates back to pre-Neolithic times.
She also asks why some people today perform it on themselves in order to reach a permanent high.
In a BBC Radio 4 ‘Out of the Ordinary’ documentary, the journalist Jolyon Jenkins found another possible use for the gory operation – some believe it could potentially help treat dementia.
BBC – BBC Radio 4 Programmes – A History of the Brain, A Hole in the Head http://t.co/aJWMOiq2
— Carolyn Anderson (@carolynanderson) November 7, 2011