Trepanation film clip

The 3-minute film clip below is definitely not for the squeamish. It comes from a documentary called A Hole in the Head, made in 1998, and shows a Kisi medicine man performing the “operation of the skulls“.


5 thoughts on “Trepanation film clip

  1. Amazing footage. Quite hard to watch – not just the procedure but the mishapen heads of the other patients. It’s hard to believe that a simple headache could lead to such an operation.

  2. The producers of A Hole in the Head uploaded it to YouTube a few weeks ago; they have a YouTube channel which contains several other clips from the documentary.
    The footage in this clip is actually taken from a 1964 mondo film called Kwaheri.

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