Coloured 13th century artwork showing trephining

Coloured 13th century artwork showing trephining

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Trephining. Coloured 13th century artwork showing trephining, the drilling of a hole into the skull in order to relieve pressure on the brain. The instrument used, the trephine, was an improved version of the simpler trepan, as it had a guiding centre pin. Medieval doctors prescribed surgery, but thought it too demeaning to actually perform. Instead, surgery was performed by a lower caste of medical practitioners, such as butchers, who had no training other than an apprenticeship with a surgeon.

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Keywords: 13th century, 13th century surgery, 13thc, brain surgery, drill, healthcare, historical, historical image, history, manuscript, medical, medicine, surgery, surgical care, trephine, trephining

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