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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

26/08/2019, 13:28

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #atourguiderome, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #scheletro, #bones, #cranio, #bambino, #fidene, #archeologia, #archeology



THE-CHILD-OF-FIDENE:-SKELETON-OF-AN-UNLUCKY-CHILD


 A skeleton with a puncture, host in the Museum of the History of the Medicine at University La Sapienza is the main character of a sad episode...



What is this impressive skeleton with a big hole on the skull? We are at the Museum of the History of the Medicine at the University La Sapienza of Rome (I would like to suggest the several museums of our university, because they are free but also very nice), and it is the masterpiece of the collection: the so called "Child of Fidene". This macabre skeleton belonged to a child, we don’t know if it was a boy or a girl, from the II century AD. The artifact was found Fidene, a small town not so far from Rome that at that time was just a small city with some noblemen and several sheperds. So something quite, not a big city. Probably this child was a member of a noble family, maybe a freed slave which was able to improve his business. In this unknown but beautiful museum you can find a reconstruction of the original sepulchre, as the archeologists have found. What is easy to see is the hole on the skull. What is it? A clear example of an operation! Still today doctors, in specific cases, used to practice holes in order to reduce the pressure of the cranium. But what is really amazing is how something like that was made almost two thousand of years ago! A trephination used as a sort of palliative. According to the paleontologists the cranium was larger than an ordinary one, and probably the poor child had strong migraines and nausea. Maybe the child had a tumor at the brain, causing an incredible pain. The only way to reduce the high pressure of the cranium was a hole, exactly as we can see here. In this way the doctors would like to give a chance to the child who, and it is really incredible, was able to survive for other 30 - 40 days! We are sure because the paleontologists found new osseous materials around the borders of the puncture. Another great surprise that could make this skeleton really special! Moreover it is an evidence of the medical techniques reached by the Romen civilization at the II century AD. The poor "Child of Fidene" is a symbol of it. The puncture is perfect, so the surgeon had a real resolute hand. It is also probable that the operation didn’t kill the child. For the paleontologists after that the child suffered for a infection, which probbably killed him. Although the operation the child survived for other days, maybe hoping to have a real future. This skeleton is underlined how the death must always come when he wants to come... #unaguidaturisticaroma #romeisus #Rome #Roma #rome #roma #atourguiderome #skeleton #scheletro #medicina #medicine #museo



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