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March 15, 1913

Les Origines de la Trépanation Décompressive.

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Trépanation Néolithique, Trépanation Pré-Colombienne, Trépanation des Kabyles, Trépanation Traditionelle. Par le Dr. Lucas-Championnière, Chirargien Honoraire de l'Hôtel-Dieu. Paper. Price, 5 francs. Pp. 131, with 32 illustrations. Paris: G. Steinheil, 1912.

JAMA. 1913;60(11):855. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340110061029

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In this book the author gives his opinion as to the technic employed and the indications for trephining among the peoples of long ago and among those of our time who have not been considered as possessed of our surgical and anatomic knowledge. In arriving at this opinion he has studied the trephined skulls of prehistoric peoples, those of the pre-Columbian Peruvians, and those found in the old cemeteries of the Christian age. Trephining is still practiced as a custom surviving from long ago among the Berbers of Algiers, the Montenegrins and the miners of Cornwall. Some evidence was gained from the first and last of these sources. The author concludes that trephining was performed largely by means of a boring instrument; the holes surrounding the piece of skull to be removed touching or nearly touching each other. Severe pain in the head following on or independent of trauma is

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