How to get in and out of the skull: from tumi to "hammer and chisel" to the Gigli saw and the osteoplastic flap

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Abstract

Making "holes in the skull" is an ancient art and by some is considered the second oldest profession in the world-the first being prostitution. Early surgeons, and later on neurosurgeons, devised a number of ingenious ways to make a hole in the skull or elevate a depressed skull fracture. Trephined skulls from antiquity have now been found in most parts of world, showing that the art of trephining is not only ancient but clearly widespread. Beginning with antiquity the author traces the development of this surgical skill by reviewing the various tools used and surgical designs to perform what is now called a craniotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E6
JournalNeurosurgical Focus
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014

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