Medicine: Spiked Brain

Since last spring when a Berkeley, Calif, surgeon sawed two holes in her skull "to let out the pain," as she understood the purpose of the operation, Dema Dunlap, 23, a buxom, introspective epileptic, had an irresistible compulsion to finger her scalp where it lay sewn over the trephine holes. The soft spots, yielding under pressure of her finger tips, felt like the germinal depressions of a coconut.

Dr. Erich Kosterlitz had trephined the girl as a last effort to cure her of epilepsy. Sedatives and confinement in an asylum had failed to help her. He concluded that pressure on her brain...

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