Inca Brain Surgery

No Anesthetics!

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Andrushko and Verano argue that the Incas performed trepanation primarily to treat head injuries incurred during battle, because the holes are most often found at the front of the skull to the left, consistent with injuries caused by a right-handed opponent during face-to-face combat, and because adult males are overrepresented in the sample. The procedure was evidently used to treat mastoiditis (an infection of the region of the temporal bone behind the ear) as well.

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One response to “Inca Brain Surgery

  1. Wow, that’s pretty amazing!!!! Hey, can you put up some more information on the process of the brain surgery? I am doing some huge project for my social studies class on the advances that the Incas had.
    Thanks!

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