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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:53 am

It seems as though trepanation was a fairly common medical practice among the tribe, and that it was indeed done to help people:

Excavating burial caves in the south-central Andean province of Andahuaylas in Peru, UC Santa Barbara bioarchaeologist Danielle Kurin and her research team unearthed the remains of 32 individuals that date back to the Late Intermediate Period (ca. AD 1000-1250). Among them, 45 separate trepanation procedures were in evidence. Kurin's findings appear in the current issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

"When you get a knock on the head that causes your brain to swell dangerously, or you have some kind of neurological, spiritual or psychosomatic illness, drilling a hole in the head becomes a reasonable thing to do," said Kurin, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at UCSB and a specialist in forensic anthropology.

Evidence suggests that this practice was taught and practiced carefully on the prehistoric equivalent of medical cadavers:

"As bioarchaeologists, we can tell that they're experimenting on recently dead bodies because we can measure the location and depths of the holes they're drilling," she continued. "In one example, each hole is drilled a little deeper than the last. So you can imagine a guy in his prehistoric Peruvian medical school practicing with his hand drill to know how many times he needs to turn it to nimbly and accurately penetrate the thickness of a skull."

Further evidence that this really was ancient medicine being practiced:

"We can see where the trepanations are. We can see that they're shaving the hair. We see the black smudge of an herbal remedy they put over the wound," she noted. "To me, those are signs that the intention was to save the life of the sick or injured individual."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219200049.htm

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Post by veya_victaous on Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:23 am

I would be cautious of the conclusions after all Christians were drilling holes in skulls to release demons before we developed legitimate medical purposes.

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:20 pm

veya_victaous wrote:I would be cautious of the conclusions after all Christians were drilling holes in skulls to release demons before we developed legitimate medical purposes.
seems reasonable to me...not withsatnding my stance on the death penalty....I recon there are quite a few members of our species that would be immeasurably improved by drilling holes in their skull, with something like a .357  Laughing 

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