a medieval minute: brain surgery

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From prehistoric times, people have sought to cure epilepsy, migraines, loss of consciousness and behavioral changes by relieving the pressure on the brain. This was called trepanation or trepanning. Medieval medical practitioners often used a drill to relieve pressure on the brain. The medical term for trepanation is craniotomy and it is still performed today in cases of traumatic brain injury.
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To learn more about medieval trepanation:
https://neurophilosophy.wordpress.com/2007/06/13/an-illustrated-history-of-trepanation/
http://www.history.com/news/perforated-skulls-from
-middle-ages-found-in-spain

My medieval novels are available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Viscounts-Daughter-Narbonne-Inheritance/dp/1492113301

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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