Title:
A Historical Vignette (19) “Be proud of yourself: you have a History!” An orbital trauma in the 16th century
Authors:
J. Tainmont
Institutions:
Winston Churchill Avenue 172, P.O. Box 9, 1180 Brussels, Belgium
Keywords:
Orbit; trepanation; Henry II of France; Paré; Vesalius
Pages:
229 - 236
Abstract:
An orbital trauma in the 16 century. On 30June 1559, during a jousting tournament, King Henri II of France incurred an injury to the eye from a shattered lance, dying ten days later. Trepanation was discussed briefly before being rejected. The autopsy on the King confirmed that it would have been justified. Even though there was no skull fracture, there was a secondary rebound trauma resulting in a subdural haematoma in the occipital area. This paper examines why the trepanation option was rejected (Figure 1).
Issue:
Vol. 6, 2010, 3rd trimester


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A Historical Vignette (19) “Be proud of yourself: you have a History!” An orbital trauma in the 16th century