Trepanning. Even the word sounds painful. According to my ‘Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader’ trepanning is the process of boring through your skull for mostly medical purposes. Some interesting trepanning facts:
- skulls as old as 4500 years old have been found in France with trepanning holes
- In one burial site 40 of the 120 skulls had been trepanned. (Perhaps the cause of death?)
- It was done in ancient medicine for all kinds of purposes. Among them: relief of bleeding on the brain, to release evil spirits, release of pressure, allowance of extra oxygen to get to the brain for quicker healing
- It’s still done today, in fact it’s not illegal to do so for psychic reasons (??)
- It is illegal to do on someone else when you’re not a doctor (Two fellows in Utah got caught doing that)
- One doctor believes that trepanning allows more oxygen to get to the brain, thus allowing for higher brain function – after all, babies experience incredible brain development and their skulls aren’t fused for months!
- It would really, really hurt