Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New uses for old techniques

This week's issue of New Scientist (13 June 2009; 2712) includes a fascinating article about the return of the old, old surgical technique of trepanation as a treatment for dementia, titled "Like a hole in the head: the return of trepanation" -- the idea being that if you lower the pressure on the brain, blood flow will increase. We have several examples of early trephines in the Medical Museum Collection (including the one shown here), should you wish to try this at home on those days when you're feeling a bit foggy...

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