Skull drill set from the 18th century


12 Responses to “Skull drill set from the 18th century”

  1. tmccartney66 says:

    Many people don’t know the derivation of the word “trepanation,” but it could be used in a sentence thusly: “It was with a great deal of trepanation that I agreed to allow the doctor to DRILL HOLES IN MY FUCKING HEAD.”

  2. Columboss says:

    I need this like I need a hole in the head….

  3. Emma Smith says:

    As a long time sufferer of tension headaches I oft day dream about trepanning… 

  4. I wanna know the who/what/where/when/how and why of the origins of this practice. I mean somebody had to be first……

    • Robert says:

      It started in prehistory. If you’re a witch doctor, and someone complains of constant pressure in their head, and herbs and twigs aren’t helping, what else are you gonna do except open it up to relieve the pressure? And remember, a tribal member disabled by headaches isn’t doing tribal work, so you may as well open him up!

  5. John Garden says:

    I just wrote a piece called “TREPANNING” – you can listen to it here:  – - – it has lots of Trepanning noises!! (or at least, what I think it would sound like to be trepanned…) – - – complete album, called “12″, is here: – - – it’s a name your price download on bandcamp… have a listen! Thanks. John Garden. p.s. @noctilucent_studios  I think the origins can be traced partly to Inuit cultures, possibly in the belief that removing the upper part of the skull enabled a better connection to the spirit world. However, I think the usage in the Victorian era was more geared towards relieving mental distress etc…

  6. ffabian says:

    There is a fascinating exhibition in Mannheim, Germany called “Schädelkult” (Cult of the Skull, Skull-Cult) where trepanation (skulls, implements – some of them more than 50.000 years old) is one topics shown/discussed.

  7. s2redux says:

    Sorry; paid no attention to the article, due to excessive fun rootin’ around in the “old” bOING bOING. It’s a wonder how much antique data hangs around (where “antique” >10 years old)…even the ads on the trepanation article page and the old Tribes page look appropriate to the year (8-bit GIFs suitably sized for dial-up transmission). Net Chick Funhouse is still there, albeit reduced in value with the retirement of the Magic 8 Bra cgi script. Love the old “” contact address! And check out the stats for the BB “Salon” — a record 43 comments in November, 2001 (and p’bly only a couple of those were spam ;-)

    Also enjoy the look back into last-century page design such as the old About page. Classic “eternal September” shepherding, delivered snark-free. (“If you want help, you’ll have to get in line behind this dumb, stinky green monkey…. He hasn’t figured out that he can click on the blue and pink buttons at the top of the window to navigate through the shiny bOING bOING Web site. Isn’t he stupid?”) Let ‘Adobe Pagemill 2.0 Win’ wrap it all up in a table, and publish!

    The pistol-packin’ “Tradin’ Post,” the “Old Stuff” page (Exclusive interview! Pauly Shore in Bio Dome.), the proto-Submitterator form (Name, Subject, Your email address, What do you want?)…pure gold. Thanx for inviting the kids to play in your collective’s closets, David. (And retro-kudos to Mark!)

  8. Halloween_Jack says:

    So nice of them to throw in a churchkey so that you (and possibly the trepanee) can have a nice cold one after (or during?) the procedure.

  9. Teller says:

    It’s trepanning if you’ve agreed to it; skulldiggery if you haven’t.

  10. Frank Diekman says:

    If there isn’t a death metal band called Trepanation, someone needs to start one now.

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