When was the first neurosurgery?

The first neurosurgery performed was “trephination”, which means making a burr hole into the skull.  It was first performed in France in 6500 BC!  Prehistoric skulls from that time show evidence of burr holes.
Why was it performed?  No one knows for sure, but it may have been considered a treatment for mental illness, migraines, or seizures.  When skulls from that period are examined, 5-10% have had trephination performed.
While some of the surgeries performed appear to have killed the patient, some of the skulls show evidence of healing, so we know that some of the patients survived!
Skull with trephination performed:
skull

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s