Popular Science

People used to drill holes in their skulls, and we're still not sure why

Myths about migraines have been greatly exaggerated.

unearthed skeleton

An unearthed skeleton showing trepanning.

wellphoto/Shutterstock.com

Trepanation—the technique of removing bone from the skull by scraping, sawing, drilling or chiseling—has long fascinated those interested in the darker side of medical history. One stock tale is that trepanning is one of the most ancient treatments for migraines. As I study the history of the migraine, it certainly has always caught my attention.

The word trepanation comes from the Greek , meaning a borer. The earliest known trepanned skulls date from around 10,000 BCE, and come from North in the Hippocratic texts (5th century BCE), when it was used in cases of fracture, , or paralysis, and in the second century CE Galen wrote of his experiments with trepanation on animals in his clinical studies.

Anda sedang membaca pratinjau, daftarlah untuk membaca selengkapnya.

Lainnya dari Popular Science

Popular Science4 mnt membacaScience
We Can Save Coral Reefs By Putting Them On Ice
A rare bright spot for coral reefs. DepositPhotos The planet’s coral reefs are in trouble. Thanks to warming and acidifying oceans, the animals that make up coral reefs are dying, turning the reefs themselves into algae-covered ghost towns. This repr
Popular Science5 mnt membaca
The Oldest Weapons In North America Offer A New View Of Prehistoric Tech
A 15,000 year old stemmed point. Texas A&M University History exists in the past, but that doesn’t mean it’s static. New findings, published Wednesday in Science Advances, illustrate the discovery of a dozen projectile points at the Debra L. Friedkin
Popular Science3 mnt membaca
How To Book A Good Hotel Room At The Best Possible Price
Sleep well—without worrying about all the money you're spending on your hotel room. Philipp Balunovic via Unsplash Travel gets very expensive very fast—and one of the biggest costs is the hotel room. But with all the discounts and deal-hunting sites