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Brain Injury Awareness Month: March 28th

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and I’m posting a new resource every day! Today’s Brain Injury Awareness Month resource is A Hole in the Head: A History of Trepanation by Charles G. Gross (excerpt in The MIT Press Reader).

Trepanning—ancient and modern? Yep! Drilling and removing circular piece of bone from the skull is one of the oldest surgical procedures, dating to at least 6500 BCE (and probably earlier than that). We might have more sophisticated tools and fancier diagnostic methods today, but trepanning (also called trephining or craniotomy) is still used for certain neurosurgical procedures.

For more about the history of old or outdated thoughts, how these ideas changed into current views, and how past successes influenced modern neuroscience: A Hole in the Head: More Tales in the History of Neuroscience by Charles G. Gross.

Be sure to check out Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn throughout the month for more brain injury resources! You can also check out the Brain Injury Association of America or follow #MoreThanMyBrainInjury for more information.