Re: Ayn Rand Institute

Tue, 20 Feb 1996 17:57:26 -0800

Trepannation was practiced in several Peruvian cultures--especially those
that also practiced cranial deformation (probably resulted in major
headaches, for which the trepannation may have been an attempted cure).
There are trepanned skulls that show subsequent bone growth (ie, healed
bone around the cut-out area), indicating that at least a few individuals
survived the surgery. SPecific references? Can't remember off the top
of my head. Check Lumbreras' _The Peoples and Cultures of ANcient Peru_
for starters.
Donna Lanclos

On Tue, 20 Feb 1996, Ruby Rohrlich wrote:

> Elaine: I seem to remember that in Peru thousands of years ago one
> individual was found with a square cut in the back of his head, obviously
> made by a human being, and indicating some kind of surgery in the skull,
> but I can't remember the dates. I believe a physician gave me this
> information. Have you heard anything like it? Ruby Rohrlich