Studies revealed that there is evidence of more than 100 people to have survived trepanation in the Inca Empire, which is considered a very high success rate. “Up to 80% during the Inca era, compared with just 50% during the American Civil War some 400 years later”, the website says.
David Kushner, a neurologist at the University of Miami in Florida, teamed up with John Verano, a bioarchaeologist at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Anne Titelbaum, a bioarchaeologist at the University of Arizona in Phoenix, to systematically study trepanation’s success rate across different cultures and time periods.
Kushner said that the results of the study revealed that just 40% of the earliest group of people who had had a trepanation procedure survived the operations, but 53% of the next group survived, followed by 75% to 83% during the Inca period.
These experts also compared the success rates of trepanation from the Inca civilization to cranial surgeries on soldiers in the American Civil War, which used similar methods. “According to Civil War medical records, some 46% to 56% of cranial surgery patients died, compared with just 17% to 25% of Inca-era patients”, the website reads.
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