Feeling abnormal, out of sorts, maybe a little crazy in the head? We have just the 1800’s medical device for you! Behold, an actual trepanation drill used to treat mental patients. Trepanation is a surgical invention in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the human skull, exposing the dura mater to treat health problems related to intracranial diseases. In ancient times, holes were drilled into a person who was behaving in what was considered an abnormal way to let out what they believed were evil spirits.
Evidence of trepanation has even been found in prehistoric human remains from Neolithic times onward. Cave paintings indicate that people believed the practice would cure epileptic seizures, migraines, and mental disorders. The more you know..