The Countess Who Had Drilled A Hole In Her Head

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WARNING: Some images in this post are graphic (I mean…obviously).

In the early 1970s, 23-year-old Amanda Feilding drilled a hole in her skull with a dentist’s electric drill, wearing a tight pair of close-fitting glasses so the blood wouldn’t get into her eyes. She then bandaged herself up and went out to a restaurant to have a steak.

It’s called trepanning — the ancient practice of drilling a hole in the skull to give the brain more oxygen. In a more metaphysical sense, advocates of trepanation see the eventual fusing of the bones at the top of the skull in adults to be a closing-off of vital energy, creativity, and spirituality—something that the boring of a new hole in the cranium might “fix.”

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