Brain, Surgical Instruments, Brain Surgery
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.
17th Century Surgical Instrument
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Hippocrates, “The Trepan,” Enlightenmens, accessed January 27, 2023, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/76.