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October 08, 2004

Surgery

Remains from the abandoned village of Wharram Percy show the Anglo-Saxons were capable surgeons.

The skull in question, dating back to the 11th century, had been struck a near-fatal blow by a blunt weapon, causing a severe depressed fracture on the left hand side. Closer examination revealed the victim had been given life-saving surgery called trepanning.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 8, 2004 08:37 AM

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