trepanation/trephination note

N. Bannister - L. Maners (landn@AZSTARNET.COM)
Wed, 21 Feb 1996 07:51:50 -0700

I was surprised to see that my Oxford dictionary lists both spellings for
this practice. Anyway, it has continued to be practiced at least in the
fairly recent past. I remember a pathology text I was looking at had an
illustration of a contemporary African male (this was about 1970), one
photo with a hat on and the next with the hat off, showing that the top
of his skull had been removed and the scalp sewn back over the hole.