trepanation: Anyone see Terra X?

Barbara Ruth Campbell (campbell@I-2000.COM)
Wed, 21 Feb 1996 11:26:48 EST

Lynn ("N. Bannister - L. Maners" <landn@AZSTARNET.COM>) wrote this morning
about trepanation.

Did anyone, well I should preface with is anyone willing to admit that,
watch the episode of Terra X on The Discovery Channel where they actually
showed villagers with, um, how should I say this, holes in their heads?

I kept the tape because for one thing I'm a video afficionada and because
my dissertation is on non-Western medicine and although it is Terra X that
I'm talking about, it's not a bad documentary.

Anyone wish to flame me on this?


>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.


Barbara Ruth Campbell, Ph.D.
Westfield, New Jersey 07090

"Sensitivity to the role of paradigms in our perception can be
an mportant tool in problem solving. Once we know that all our
problems cannot be solved within the frame of a curren paradigm,
then it is sometimes possible to solve a problem by reframing its
terms" - Schwartz and Ogilvy, 1979.