Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ancient Greek Brain Surgery

"Skeleton reveals ancient Greek brain surgery".

From the article:
Experts believe the operation would have been attempted to repair damage from a blow to the head. "It is likely the patient would have been conscious, and it would certainly have hurt a bit," said Simon Mays, a human skeletal biologist for English Heritage. "Early surgical manuals show patients having brain surgery before anaesthetic would most probably have been pinned down to stop them writhing around."
On one hand, medical techniques were much cruder back then. On the other hand, malpractice insurance premiums were undoubtedly lower.