Tuesday, September 16, 2003

2000-Year Old Skull Reveals Successful Surgery

"Hippocrates recommended trepanation for wounds that involved indentation of the skull accompanied by fracture or contusion. He wrote a detailed manual on the delicate operation, instructing surgeons to frequently cool their saws to prevent overheating the bone. Several other trepanned skulls have been found in ancient Greek graves."

Now archaeologists working on an excavation on the island of Chios have unearthed the remains of a man who appears to have survived this ancient procedure for at least 5 - 6 years.