Brain surgery with regular Bosch power drill

Physician Henry Marsh has been using a standard Bosch power drill to do brain surgery. Twice a year, the London-based surgeon assists colleague Igor Petrovich in Kiev, Ukraine where high-end medical equipment, such as a £30,000 medical drill, is unavailable. So Marsh improvised. From The Times:

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Mr Marsh has now taken a drill designed for medical use to Kiev. "I'm not recommending that we should all use Bosch do-it-yourself drills in England," Mr Marsh said. "But it shows how with improvisation you can achieve a lot. I've taught [Mr Petrovich] everything I know. Now he's able to do things that I can't."

Link (via Fortean Times)

Previously on BB:
• Head Like a Hole Link
• History of trepanation Link