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Ancient brain surgery techniques recreated

Researchers have recreated ancient brain surgery techniques for the first time in 2,300 years. Among the findings made by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, were that the surgeons were highly skilful with the operations carried out with only one primitive

Evidence of surgery found on pre-Columbian remains

Skeletons found at the pre-Columbian site of Kuelap in Peru show signs of bone surgery. The two moderately healthy male skeletons, one an adolescent and the other an adult of 30-34 years of age, were found to have drilled holes in the bones of their legs. The placement and depth suggest to

Evidence of ancient brain surgery found in Peru

The remains of 32 individuals with 45 separate trepanation procedures have been found in burial caves in Peru. "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

16th century nose jobs

A 16th century book sold at auction contains some of the first documented information on how to perform a nose job. This book, which sold for a whopping 11,000 pounds to a modern-day plastic surgeon, was written by Gaspare Tagliacozzi. He was the professor or surgery and anatomy at the University of

Bronze Age brain surgery

Archaeologists in Turkey have unearthed two obsidian blades used as bronze age surgical tools and skulls showing evidence of scarring. What makes you think they were used for surgery? We have found traces of cuts on skulls in a nearby graveyard. Out of around 700 skulls, 14 have these marks.

Evidence found of successful Stone Age amputation

Evidence has been found that shows a successful amputation was performed 6,900 years ago. The surgeon was dressed in a goat or sheep skin and used a sharpened stone to amputate the arm of his patient. The operating theatre was not exactly Harley Street — more probably a wooden shelter — but

20 scary surgical tools from the past

A look at these 20 scary-looking surgical tools from the past can make you really appreciate the medical technology we have today. Arrow Remover (1500s) Not much is known about this tool, but it is hypothesized that it was inserted into the wound in a contracted position, with the central shaft used