oa South African Medical Journal - Some evidence for a trepanation cult in the Bushman race

Volume 11, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In this pape I have given a short account of humanity's earliest attempts at surgery. Concentrating chiefly on trepanation, I have given a summary of the history of this operation, and by means, and, by means of six Bushman skulls, I have tried to demonstrate that the trepanation cult was also practiced in a primitive form by the Bushman race.

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