The Trepan

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Title

The Trepan

Subject

Brain, Surgical Instruments, Brain Surgery

Description

This is an image of one of the many surgical instruments used in the 17th century. The trepan was a small tube-shaped saw. It consisted of a handle which was used to rotate the sharp points of the saw like a miniature screwdriver. Its main purpose was to maneuver through the outer shell of the skull, into which another surgical device could be inserted. The trepan was often used to relieve intracranial compression and brain swelling.

Creator

Hippocrates

Source

https://www.britannica.com/list/7-scary-surgical-instruments

Publisher

Encyclopedia Brittanica

Date

17th Century

Contributor

Christine Chang

Format

jpeg

Type

medical tools

Coverage

17th Century Surgical Instrument

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Original Format

paper

Physical Dimensions

257x444

Files

Encyclopaedia-Britannica-First-Edition-Volume-3-Surgery.jpg

Citation

Hippocrates, “The Trepan,” Enlightenmens, accessed October 6, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/76.

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