The operation of the skulls: a trepanation video

Neurophilosophy has found a gory but completely astonishing film of a Kisi medicine man in Tanzania performing a trepanation operation. A young lady endures the seven hour procedure that puts a hole in her skull without any anaesthetic.

Mo has been doing some fantastic work on the history of trepanation and his illustrated article on the topic is a must read if you want an overview of this ancient procedure.

This film emphasises the importance of the operation in some cultures and highlights quite what a remarkable, if not, somewhat hazardous procedure trepanation really is.

And by the way, if you saw our recent rather whimsical post on ‘brain hats’, the end of the video gives a whole new meaning to the phrase.

Link to video of Kisi trepanation.
Link to illustrated history of trepanation.

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