The Sunday Post Newspaper of October 26, 1958, Issue No. 1203

Volume Ref: SP_1958_M033862

  • A recent issue of the East African Medical Journal shows that the primitive Kisii practice of trephination of the skull is being closely watched by the medical profession in Kenya.
  • The operation is performed without an anaesthetic, with the patient either lying down or sitting on a stool.
  • Close relatives are used as an assistant, both hold the patient and to retract the skin to give good access to the bone.
  • The patients do not cry out but if they do, they are not allowed to stop the operation once it has commenced.
  • But the patient may be given a rest and the operation resumed later.