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‘Psychosurgery’ in Renaissance art

‘Psychosurgery’ in Renaissance art

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Charles G. Gross

Trends in Neurosciences, Volume 22, Issue 10, 1 October 1999, Pages 429-431

Hieronymus Bosch and other early Renaissance artists depicted ‘stone operations’ in which stones were supposedly surgically removed from the head as a treatment for mental illness. These works have usually been interpreted either as portraying a contemporary practice of medical charlatans or as an allegory of human folly, rather than a real event. As trepanation for head injury and mental disease was actually carried out in Europe at this time, another interpretation of these works is that they are derived from a common medical practice of the day.
Charles G. Gross

Trends in Neurosciences, Volume 22, Issue 10, 1 October 1999, Pages 429-431

Hieronymus Bosch and other early Renaissance artists depicted ‘stone operations’ in which stones were supposedly surgically removed from the head as a treatment for mental illness. These works have usually been interpreted either as portraying a contemporary practice of medical charlatans or as an allegory of human folly, rather than a real event. As trepanation for head injury and mental disease was actually carried out in Europe at this time, another interpretation of these works is that they are derived from a common medical practice of the day.

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Published by: AbnerRavenwood on Aug 27, 2008
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