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Pain Relief by Richard Pitman

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Taken at the wonderful St Leonard’s Ossuary at Hythe, Kent. This skull shows evidence of trepanning, a process whereby a hole is drilled in the skull to relieve pressure on the brain. Incredibly, skull growth around the hole shows this chap survived the procedure.

Canon 60D, 18-135mm.

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skull, trepan, trepanning, hole, pain, relief, survival, death, life, ossuary, st leonards church, hythe, kent, man, male, rickyshitpants, richard pitman

“A photograph is always invisible; it is not it that we see.” Roland Barthes.

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  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampabout 3 years ago

    erie looking peice of history
    strange find ricky early evidence of brain surgery,how early?

  • At least the 13th century, which is when they believe these bones were dug up. Who knows how long they had lain there.

    – Richard Pitman

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanabout 3 years ago

    fascinating shot but still, I’d rather take a panadol..

  • Josephine Pugh
    Josephine Pughabout 3 years ago

    This is a fascinating image, I agree. Wonderful to see.

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